South Downs Way 2 : West Meon to Petersfield walk
A railway path, The South Downs Way, Old Winchester Hill, Butser Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Buriton and The Hangers Way.
17.1 miles (27.5 km) with 1720 ft (525 metres) of ascent
|Maps||OS Explorer OL33 (was 133) (Haslemere), OL32 (was 132) (Winchester), OL8 (was 120) (Chichester) and OL3 (was 119) (Portsmouth)|
This walk follows the Meon Valley (disused railway) Trail from West Meon (reached by bus from Petersfield) to near Exton where it joins the South Downs Way. It heads east, over Old Winchester Hill, Salt Hill, Hyden Hill, Tegdown Hill and Butser Hill, the highest point in the South Downs National Park. After a long descent to cross the A3, it rises through the woods of Queen Elizabeth Country Park and then follows the Hangers Way north to Buriton, and on to Petersfield.
The walk is rather long, so there are 4 options to shorten it
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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:
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.
There are rare #X17 (2 on Wednesday only) buses from Exton itself to Petersfield. You could use it to catch a bus to Exton, and then walk back.
These seems to change very frequently. Check! Traveline Southeast.
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En route Winchester - West Meon
En route West Meon - Petersfield
While waiting for the bus
While waiting for the train
After the walk, we would love to get your feedback
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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