16.8 miles ( 27.1 km) with 1600 ft (500 meters) of ascent
|Maps||OS Explorer OL33 (was 133) (Haslemere), OL32 (was 132) (Winchester), OL8 (was 120) (Chichester) and OL3 (was 119) (Portsmouth)|
|Toughness||6 / 10|
This walk follows the Hangers Way south to Buriton, where it joins the South Downs Way from Queen Elizabeth County Park, over Buster Hill, the highest point in the South Downs National Park. It heads west, past Tegdown Hill, Hyden Hill, Salt Hill, and Old Winchester Hill to Exton. Here you switch to the Meon Valley (disused railway) Trail to West Meon to catch a bus back to Petersfield
The walk is rather long, so there are 2 options to shorten it
|South Downs Way||
This walk is one of 9 stages of the South Downs Way - a 109 mile national long distance path - that traverses the South Downs National Park in South East England.
For all walks, doing it in reverse is a good option. Take the bus to West Meon in the morning, and you can spend the evening in Winchester/Petersfield without having to worry about the last bus.
Winchester and Petersfield are both main stations, about an hour from Waterloo, with 2 trains an hour. However, they are 25 miles - 2 days walking - apart, with very little in the way of public transport in between.
In addition, these 2 stations are on different rail lines, which only meet up in Fareham (near Southampton), which makes for a more expensive ticket (2017: London-Fareham: £24.40 vs London-Petersfield: £18.20 - both Network Railcard prices), i.e. a ticket to Fareham is valid for both stations if you need to start your journey in one, and finish it in the other
Local Bus services [Jan 2017]
Stagecoach #67 (Mon-Sat only, every 3 hours) runs between the 2 train stations, but to the north of the SDW. Do check the times of the last bus. From West Meon they are about 18:45 (to Petersfield) or 16:50 (to Winchester).
Winchester (station) - Hinton Ampner (£4.50) - West Meon (£5.30 to Winchester, £3.50 to Petersfield) - East Meon - Petersfield Station.
In summer 2016, there was a summer-only weekend-only 'South Downs Rambler' bus that followed the entire SDW route (i.e. Winchester, Cheesefoot Head, (Hinton), (West Meon), Exton, Old Winchester Hill, (East Meon), Petersfield) with 3 buses a day in each direction. This would be ideal, but as on Jan'17 its former website has gone.
There are also rare (1 on Friday morning only) buses from Exton itself.
>These seems to change very frequently. Check! Traveline Southeast.
While waiting for the bus
While waiting for the train
After the walk, we would love to get your feedback
Out: (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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