GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Beacon Hill Hampshire Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This walk climbs to the lovely Beacon Hill Nature Reserve from Meonstoke in Hampshire.
You can follow a section of The South Downs Way north west from the village to reach the viewpoint. It's about a 1.5 mile walk, steadily climbing to the 201 metre high hill summit. Here you'll also find around barrow cemeterydating to theLate NeolithicorBronze Age, which is designated as ascheduled monument. There are fine views to theItchen Vallley, the New Forest, theSolentandIsle of Wightand round toPortsdown Hill.
The hill is also a great place for flora and fauna with a wide variety of butterflies to be seen fluttering around the wildflowers. Look out for brown argus,green hairstreak,chalkhill blue,marbled whiteanddingy skipper as you make your way through area during the summer months.

Beacon Hill Hampshire OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Beacon Hill Hampshire Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in Meonstoke you could enjoy post walk refreshment at the Bucks Head. The quaint inn is located in a fine spot close to the river and boasts a lovely garden area. You can find them on Shoe Lane,Exton with a postcode of SO32 3NT for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the east of Meonstoke there's another popular local hill climb at Old Winchester Hill. The site is one of the highlights of the area with the hill and surrounding area a designated National Nature Reserve which includes a wide variety of butterflies and wildlife.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Hampshire Walks, South Downs Walks page.

Photos

Beacon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 831625

The top of Beacon Hill by the trig point, looking towards Old Winchester Hill with Butser Hill beyond.

Temporary route to Beacon Hill for cyclists and horse riders on the South Downs Way - geograph.org.uk - 1430833

Temporary route to Beacon Hill for cyclists and horse riders on the South Downs Way. In March 2009 a new temporary route for horse riders and cyclists was opened between Old Winchester Hill and Beacon Hill. This new route replaces the old temporary route that ran though Warnford. The South Downs Way website says "The route has been changed to improve the safety of users until agreement can be reached on a permanent route across the valley ... The old route is still usable but is not recommended and is not signed as the South Downs Way." The temporary route is likely to be in place until March 2011. This view is the upper part of a permissive stretch approaching the trig point on Beacon Hill, just beyond the wooden gate.

Cattle on farm track below Beacon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 831039

Cattle on farm track below Beacon Hill

Medieval hollow way on Beacon Hill, Warnford - geograph.org.uk - 386366

Medieval hollow way on Beacon Hill, Warnford. This "hollow way" at the eastern end of Beacon Hill was a medieval route over the downs that, over the years, became worn into the chalk. Beyond is "The Warren" and the lower slopes of Wheely Down.

South Downs Way - geograph.org.uk - 831165

South Downs Way near the hill

South Downs Way approaching Beacon Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1881281

South Downs Way approaching Beacon Hill

River Meon at Meonstoke. - geograph.org.uk - 180011

River Meon at Meonstoke. This is a "chalk stream" of the South Downs area - but less important than the nearby Itchen for fishing. Behind is St Andrews Church. The grassy watermeadows are popular for recreation.

The Bucks Head, Meonstoke - geograph.org.uk - 685812

The Bucks Head, Meonstoke

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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