GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wickham Railway Walk

15 miles (24.5 km)

This route from Wickham uses part of the Meon Valley Trail and the waymarked King's Way to create a circular walk around the village. The walk first follows the old railway line along the River Meon before heading into the attractive countryside and woodland to the east of the village.
The route starts in the village where you can pick up the Meon Valley Trail. This shared cycling and walking trail runs along the trackbed of a disused railway line. Follow the trail north to Close Wood, Kingsmead and Mislingford before coming to Soberton. This route then turns south east along the King's Way towards Hambledon (though you can follow the Meon Valley Trail into Droxford). The country paths then take you south towards Hoe Gate before diverting east to explore the Creech Wood section of the Forest of Bere. There's a series of nice woodland trails to try here.
After leaving the forest you head south west towards Boarhunt and Wickham Common before returning to the village.

Wickham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wickham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Wickham

  • Forest of Bere - Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this lovely forest near Portsmouth
  • Forest of Bere West Walk - Explore the West Walk section of the Forest of Bere on this woodland route near Portsmouth
  • Old Winchester Hill - This walk takes you up the 197 metres (646ft) Old Winchester Hill in the South Downs
  • The South Downs Way - The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway
  • Monarch's Way - This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester
  • West Meon - The village of West Meon is in a splendid location for exploring the lovely Meon Valley and the South Downs
  • Hampshire Bowman and Droxford - This circular walk takes you from the popular Hampshire Bowman pub to Droxford using a mixture of public country footpaths in the area

The Square Cow in Wickham is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. It has some history having originally been “The Old Curio Shop”,an open hall timber framed building dating back to the sixteenth Century.Inside there are medieval paintings with floral/geometric patternspreserved behind glass and still on display. They do lovely home cooked food which you can enjoy in the pretty garden area if the weather is fine. You can find the pub on Wickham Square with a postcode of PO17 5JN for your sat navs.

The trail is good for dog walking though you may want to keep them on leads because of the cyclists. The woodland trails in the Forest of Bere at Creech Woods and West Walk are also very popular with dog walkers. The Square Cow pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

The trailway trail skirts the western edge of the West Walk section of the Forest of Bere. You could take a small detour to explore this peaceful area.
The village is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park so you can continue your walking here using the South Downs Walks page.

Photos

Meon River seen from Meon Valley Trail - geograph.org.uk - 51251

Meon River seen from Meon Valley Trail. Taken from the disused railway line, now called the Meon Valley Trail, at a point where it is embanked and the Meon River passes underneath it. Looking SE.

Meon Valley Trail, north of Wickham - geograph.org.uk - 235033

Meon Valley Trail, north of Wickham. The trail follows the route of a dismantled railway, here lying in a cutting. Much of the trail is rather overgrown now and, as here, this makes the surface permanently wet and muddy. Throughout the whole length of the trail there is scarcely a good view to either side, even when it is embanked.

Wickham - The River Meon - geograph.org.uk - 1472141

Wickham - The River Meon. The river as it flows through the water meadows.

Wickham - Old Railway Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1472048

Wickham - Old Railway Bridge. This old railway bridge now forms part of the Meon Valley Bridle Way.

Soberton Mill - geograph.org.uk - 237903

Soberton Mill

Wickham Common - geograph.org.uk - 92566

Wickham Common

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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