Combe Gibbet is the popular name for the summit of Inkpen Beacon. It is the site of a rare double gibbet used to display the bodies of two locals in the seventeenth century. Combe Gibbet's gruesome history aside, it is now a popular spot for walks with views across Hampshire and Berkshire.
At the top
Inspect the Combe gibbet and then carry on walking up to the Iron Age fort for far-reaching views across two counties.
Alternatively, from Combe Gibbet head east across the road and follow the track to reach nearby Walbury Hill, the highest point in Hampshire and south-east England at 286m.
...Its grisly true story. Local lovers George Broomham and Dorothy Newman were caught murdering George's wife and son by village idiot ‘Mad Thomas'. Hung for the crime in Winchester in 1676 their bodies were displayed on the gibbet as a deterrent. The current gibbet is a reproduction, the original having long since perished.
...Paragliding and hang gliding, it's a popular launch pad for adrenaline junkies.
...Being the start of a 16 mile, point-to-point cross country race organised by Overton Harriers Athletic Club. Winners complete the scenic course by arriving in Overton in a time of around 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Combe Gibbet lies 13 miles south of Chieveley, a 30 minute drive through Inkpen. Parking is available at the top or bottom, depending on how fit you feel.