SWC walk 84 - Hook to Winchfield
Length: 16km (9.9 miles) - with possible extension to 19km (11.8 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 9.42
train from Waterloo (9.52 Clapham Junction
) to Hook, arriving 11.01.
If you just miss this train, get the 9.50 Exeter train from Waterloo (9.59 Clapham Junction) and change at Woking (arrive 10.23, depart 10.32)
Buy a day return to Hook
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This walk has not been done since August 2015. It feels lonely and unloved!
It features stretches both morning and afternoon along a canal, which has the benefit of making navigation easy (and being less muddy???)
. Other features of the walk include the crossing of Hook Common
, the ruined Odiham Castle
, a picturesque hunting lodge and the town of Odiham itself, with its Georgian-fronted High Street.
Those Georgians loved their lunch pubs
, because Odiham seems to have several, along with restaurants and coffee shops: so hopefully we will not starve.
I am suggesting the 16km (9.9 mile) Shorter Walk
today, omitting the Dogmersfield Loop.
If you do decide to do the Loop - the 19km (11.8 mile)
version of the walk - you will find one section of the canal path closed for repairs
. However, the Basingstoke Canal Authority says there is a signed diversion
through the village of Dogmersfield, which will probably add a bit to the walk length, but hopefully not much. Tea
is at the Winchfield Inn. Trains back
from Winchfield are at 05
past. Due to engineering works you have to change at Woking
, which extends the total journey time to Waterloo slightly to 1hr 22 minutes. If you linger in the pub, the 19.35 seems to be a direct train, however, taking just 1hr.