East Meon Walk
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 (768 ft) above sea level.
At Mercury Park you head east to Tegdown Hill before climbing to Butser Hill, the highest point on the South Downs. The hill stands at a height of 271 metres (889 ft) 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.
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 and West Meon. Around here you can also pick up the Meon Valley Trail.