GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

West Meon Walks

12 miles (19.3 km)

The village of West Meon is in a splendid location for exploring the lovely Meon Valley and the South Downs. There's a number of waymarked walking trails passing through the area which can easily be picked up from the village. This 12 mile loop walk uses several of these trails to visit some of the highlights of the area. You'll enjoy climbs to Old Winchester Hill and Beacon Hill where there's fine views over the South Downs.
The walk starts just to the east of the village where you can pick up the start of the Meon Valley Trail. The shared cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway track from West Meon to Wickham with great views of the Meon Valley. Follow the trail south to Hayden Farm where you can pick up the Monarch's Way long distance trail. This takes you south past Peake Farm to The South Downs Way which will take you up to Old Winchester Hill.
The 197 metres (646ft) summit is a splendid viewpoint and includes a chalk grassland nature reserve with a wide variety of butterflies and wildlife to look out for. These include buzzards, kites, roe deer and foxes. On a clear day you can see as far as the coast and the Isle of Wight.
After taking in the views the route descends to Old Winchester Hill Road which you follow north west to Warnford. The trail loops round to the west to climb Beacon Hill. The chalk hill lieson the boundary of the parishes ofWarnfordandExton, commanding fine views over theHampshire Basin, the lower Itchen Valley, the New Forest, theSolent, Portsmouth'sSpinnaker Tower andthe Isle of Wight. The area is also a nature reserve with lots of interesting flora and fauna, including twenty-five species of butterfly.
The route then descends south east to Exton before picking up the Meon Valley Trail near Meonstoke. You then follow the trail north back to West Meon where the route finishes.
The village is also located close to the Forest of Bere where you can try the nice woodland trails at West Walk and Creech Woods near Denmead. If you head east along the South Downs Way you could also visit the village of East Meon.

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

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

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north there's the splendid Hinton Ampner near Cheriton. Here you can explore the beautiful gardens surrounding a fine stately home. In Cheriton there's a noteworthy 13th century church, some picturesque thatched cottages and the site of the Battle of Cheriton which took place as part of the English Civil War in 1544. You will also find the source of the River Itchen just south of the village.


West Meon railway station (tunnel)

West Meon railway station (tunnel)


Warnford and river view

Meon Valley Trail - - 830396

Meon Valley Trail

Juniper bushes on the south-facing rampart of Old Winchester Hill - - 189806

Juniper bushes on the south-facing rampart of Old Winchester Hill

Church Lane, Exton - - 830777

Church Lane, Exton

South Downs Way, below Beacon Hill - - 831085

South Downs Way, below Beacon Hill

Below Beacon Hill - - 830851

Descending Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill - - 831625

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

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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