Length: 27.1 km (16.8 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
Net Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
Take the 09.00 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (Woking 09.25), arrives Petersfield 10.00. [Missed the train? The 09.30 train, if on time, gives you one minute to reach the bus in P'field.]
From Battersea Central (a.k.a. Clapham Junction) take the 8.52 Portsmouth & Southsea service, arrives 10.11.
In Petersfield take the 10.32 bus line 67 outside the station, direction Winchester, arrives West Meon 10.53.
Return trains: xx.18, xx.48, xx.57. Buy a Petersfield return.
First posting of this South Downs challenge (map-led).
From West Meon take the Meon Valley Trail (a disused railway) to link to the SDW and turn left to Old Winchester Hill, then over Salt Hill, Hyden Hill and Tegdown Hill. Continue over Butser Hill, the highest point in the South Downs National Park, and enter Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Leave the SDW to head north along the Hangers Way through the park and through Buriton village to Petersfield.
Check out the route map here
Shorter Walk: take a bus back to Petersfield, either the 69 from East Meon Church (12.58 or 15.58 are the relevant departures), or the 37 from QE Country Park (on the A3, hourly on the hour to 18.00).
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