Longer walk: West Meon, Beacon Hill & Exton

An 8.5 mile walk starts in West Meon, follows the Monarch's Way up to Beacon Hill then descends via the South Downs Way to Exton to join the Meon Valley Trail back to West Meon.

The walk is limited to six people. Please do not join the walk uninvited. Instead, please contact Andy Henderson if you want to come with us.

Please go direct to the start point in Church Lane (it opens out about 250m north west of the church) postcode GU32 1LE. If you've been on a Snowdrop walk it's the same place.

The Fancy Free Walks web site describes the walk as:

Going through Hampshire's best village (as voted once in The Times) and you won’t argue. This is an area of prehistory, with the great bronze-age barrows of Beacon Hill, visited on the way, with high views of Old Winchester Hill and the Solent. Part of the route is along the dismantled Meon Valley Railway, giving you a very comfortable stretch. In fact, the entire walk is easy on the feet and it may seem shorter than the given distance.

Note that the walk description starts at the Beacon Hill Beeches car park. But that means ending the walk with the big hill. I'm proposing to start in West Meon so we can have our elevenses looking out from the top of Beacon Hill, and finish near the pub and tea shop in West Meon.

This is the planned route:

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