GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

East Meon Walk

13 miles (21 km)

This village in East Hampshire has some nice walks across the South Downs to try. This walk from the village centre uses the South Downs Way National Trail to visit two of the highlights of the area. You start by following a country lane south west to Coombe Cross, about half a mile from the village. Here you can pick up the South Downs Way and follow it south to Salt Hill and Wether Down,one of the highest hills in Hampshire, rising to 234 metres (768ft) above sea level.
At Mercury Park you head east to Tegdown Hill before climbing to Butser Hill, the highest point on theSouth Downs. The hill stands at a height of 271 metres (889ft) and provides wonderful views across the downs to the coast.
After taking in the views you descend to Queen Elizabeth Country Park, via Hilhampton Bottom. The park is Hampshire's biggest country park with 20 miles of trails for walkers, cyclists & horse riders. It includes 1400 acres of open access woodland and downland with lots of flora and fauna to look out for.

East Meon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

East Meon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Ye Olde George Inn is a historic pub of some note. It's set in a delightful 15th century coaching inn located in a splendid spot next to the River Meon. There's an atmosphericolde worlde interior with open fires and wooden floors. Outside there's a nice patio area for warmer days. You can find them in the village on Church Street with a postcode of GU32 1NH for your sat navs. Near the pub you could stroll to the 15th century Courthouse and the Norman church which includes a rare 12th century marble font.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails are ideal for dog walking and the George Inn pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you'd like to turn it into a circular walk you can descend Butser Hill and then follow Limekiln Lane north west towards Leythe House Farm. Other country lanes can then be followed towards Frogmore on the eastern outskirts of East Meon.
The Shipwrights Way, Staunton Way and Hangers Way long distance trails pass through the park so there is scope for extending your walk. For example you could follow the Hangars Way north to visit the market town of Petersfield.
To continue your walking in the East Meon area head west along the South Downs Way to visit Old Winchester Hill, Beacon Hill and West Meon. Around here you can also pick up the Meon Valley Trail and follow it to Meonstoke and Wickham.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Downs Walks page.

Photos

Wether Down - geograph.org.uk - 228343

Wether Down. Looking across Ridgeway Down towards Betterton Down. The hedgerow below the horizon is a just beyond the western boundary of the grid-square.

Sheep on Tegdown Hill - geograph.org.uk - 699188

Sheep on Tegdown Hill

Butser Hill

Butser Hill

Butser Hill and Hillhampton Bottom - geograph.org.uk - 8088

Butser Hill and Hillhampton Bottom

Queen Elizabeth Country Park - panoramio

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Visitor centre and carpark, Queen Elizabeth Country Park. - geograph.org.uk - 17136

Visitor centre and carpark, Queen Elizabeth Country Park. QECP is Hampshire's biggest country park with 20 miles of trails for walkers, cyclists & horse riders, 1400 acres of open access woodland and downland, and Butser Hill - the highest point on the south downs.

River Meon at East Meon - geograph.org.uk - 425106

River Meon at East Meon. The River Meon is only 21 miles long from is source (a series of springs at South Farm) south of the village of East Meon to its mouth at Titchfield Haven.

Cottages by the River Meon in East Meon - geograph.org.uk - 132754

Cottages by the River Meon in East Meon

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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