The length of this walk can be reduced by 5.5km by taking a shortcut at point . From the Hawkley Inn head east along Pococks Lane and continue on a footpath heading north-east to Upland Lane. Turn right onto this road to rejoin the main route between points  and . This makes a shorter walk of 11.1km.
Shoulder of Mutton Hill makes a fine objective in its own right. The short circular walk allows you to enjoy the spectacular views from its summit on a pleasant half-day stroll. The strenuous climb of Shoulder of Mutton Hill aside, this is a walk of gentle gradients apart from one short steep downhill section which may be slippery in winter.
Note: There are no refreshment stops on the short circular walk. Do not take the detour to the Harrow Inn described in the book, as this is along a private road and pedestrian access is not now permitted.
Longer option: Petersfield to Alton: the Petersfield to Selborne or Alton pdf link at the top of this page gives instructions to link this walk with Selborne, the lunch stop on Alton Circular walk, also on this website. It is 13.2km (8.2 miles) from Petersfield to Selborne and on Mondays to Fridays you can get bus no 38 from there to Petersfield. Otherwise it is another 10.7km (6.6 miles) to walk on from Selborne to Alton using the afternoon route of the Alton Circular walk, making a total walk from Petersfield of 23.9km (14.8 miles).