Hampshire's tourist attractions include many seaside resorts and two national parks: the New Forest and the South Downs (together covering some 45% of the county). The county has a long maritime history, and today Southampton and Portsmouth remain prominent ports. The county is known as the home of writers Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, the childhood home of Florence Nightingale and the birthplace of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
There are over 30 different cycling trails available to download from the Hampshire County Council website, from a 2.6 mile route at Staunton Country Park in Havant to the more difficult 15 mile trail to the north of Petersfield.
Scenic Walks - Hampshire has a range of scenic walks which are perfect for people who love the outdoors. Enjoy the picturesque 7 mile Mill Trail along the River Test in Whitchurch, follow the Strawberry Trail in the Hamble Valley or discover the natural beauty of Selborne on the Monk's Walk.