Old Winchester Hill
This walk takes you up the 197 metres (646 ft) Old Winchester Hill in the South Downs. The hill and surrounding area is a National Nature Reserve with a wide variety of butterflies and wildlife to look out for. These include buzzards, kites, roe deer and foxes. The area is made largely of chalk grassland with extensive scrub and many orchid species. There is also an Iron Age hill fort and earlier Bronze Age barrows and burial mounds.
This circular walk starts at the village of Meonstoke and makes use of the South Downs Way to take you to Old Winchester Hill before returning via Warnford and Beacon Hill. There are super panoramic views of the South Downs and the Meon Valley from the high points. On a clear day you may even be able to see the Isle of Wight.
If you'd like to continue your walk then you could pick up the South Downs Way or the Monarch's Way which run past the hill.
Old Winchester Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Old Winchester Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Old Winchester Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Old Winchester Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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.