Hook is in north east Hampshire and is a large village situated close to the A30, just to the north of the M3 at Junction 5, about six miles from Basingstoke. The village is bounded on the east side by the picturesque valley of the River Whitewater, and to the south by two areas of common land – Hook Common and Bartley Heath.
The earliest mention of Hook so far found in historical documents was in relation to a land dispute in the thirteenth century. The village of Hook did not, at that date, exist, but there were a few scattered houses and farms alongside the main road to the south-west of England.
THINGS TO DO IN HOOK
Hook also has many parks and places of natural beauty right on its doorstep. Hook to Rotherwick is a lovely circular walk which is easy for all the family. There are many gyms and clubs locally offering a wide range of activities to suit every interest. There is Tesco supermarket, railway station, church (designed by the same architect responsible for Guildford Cathedral) and a landscaped business park with several big names. Hook also benefits from a mainline train station with direct links to London Waterloo. Hook has also been voted the best place to live in the UK for consecutive years between 2011-2015.
Food & Drink
Hook offers a selection of eateries for different tastes, from a low-key bite to eat to a more formal dining experience there really is something for everyone including Hook Tandoori, Hook fish and chips and The Hogget with a long-standing reputation for serving the best burgers and ribs for miles around.
Hook has a selection of local pubs including The Raven, The Hogget, Old White Hart, The Crooked Billet and plenty of country pubs in the surrounding villages including The Leather Bottle in Mattingley.
Hook is close to Basingstoke which offers a theatre, cinema and plenty of other entertainment options and the surrounding villages offer Odiham Castle, West Green House and Wellington Country Park meaning there is plenty locally to entertain the whole family. You can also stay in a luxury country house hotel and spa at Tylney Hall which offer varied events throughout the year including afternoon tea sessions.
There is a wide range of activities to keep children entertained including Millers Ark Farm, Pennybridge Alpacas Farm and Little Play Town (Children’s Role Play Centre) that are all a short distance away. There are many gyms and clubs locally offering a wide range of activities to suit every interest.
There’s an M3 junction within a very easy drive and a mainline station with London Waterloo reachable in less than an hour. Southampton Airport is 35 mi (56 km) to the south and London Heathrow Airport is 33 mi (53 km) away to the northeast.
Schools in the area include Hook Infant School which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, Hook Junior School and Whitewater Primary School, at Rotherwick, are both ‘good’, and Robert May’s Secondary School at Odiham is also ‘outstanding’.