A walk taking in some of east Hampshire’s prettiest villages, with good views and generally good conditions under foot although can be muddy in places after rain. We were fortunate to walk this on a glorious spring day.
|Distance:||8 miles (approx 12km)|
|Time:||approx 2½ hrs.|
|Height gained:||249 m|
|Parking:||Adjacent to Village Hall and Church (SU 606182)|
|Refreshments:||Pubs – Exton (SU613208), Meonstoke (SU 612201)
and Droxford (SU 613186 and SU 606183)
From the car park, cross the A32 and walk along Hacketts lane, following the Wayfayers Way signs, heading W. Continue straight on to a path where the road turns R. Continue towards the hill ahead. At the foot of the hill, turn R and continue to follow the Wayfarers Way signs. After about 0.5km, as the path starts to descend on a more defined track, watch for a turning to the, almost hidden in the hedgerow. Take this path, leaving the Wayfarers Way, and continue climbing to cross a stile just before a minor road.
Continue across the road on to a very pleasant bridleway, heading generally W, then very soon almost S. Turn sharp R and descend heading N to a minor road. Follow the road straight ahead and a short while after the road swings L heading W, turn R to head N again to pass by a farm on the R and then a lovely house with a walled garden on the L. Continue on to enter a copse.
Continue straight across the B3035 across a field. At the time of the walk, the field had been very recently ploughed and there was no obvious path but the next marker can be seen straight ahead. Immediately after crossing the field at Bottom Copse, turn R to follow a bridleway heading east, then turn L at the farm to head N.
Cross another minor road and continue heading N into Corhampton Forest. At a T junction with another path, turn R and head E and then SE. Cross a minor road and continue straight on. The track now drops quite steeply. Just after passing a farm on the R, continue straight ahead on to a lane. Where the lane turns L, turn R on to a footpath, now heading S passing the infant River Meon and then over a stile before a wonderful old house (see photo above) just before emerging on to the busy A32. Turn R at the road, cross the road and continue heading S a short way, turning L (to head E) at a minor road signposted Meonstoke. Pass Meonstoke Church on the L (see photo above) and then a pub, climbing. At the road junction, turn R, now heading S, and continue along the minor road. Where the road turns L continue on into the entrance of a school. Pass by a school on the L and continue on a footpath.
Turn R at a minor road and climb slightly. Just after passing Meonstoke House watch for a gravel driveway on the R – the path can be seen to enter a small copse, running parallel with the minor road. At the road (B2150) turn L and then R on to Mill Lane, heading generally SW. Descend gradually to cross the delightful River Meon and then follow alongside the river, heading S, to pass by the lovely old Droxford Mill (now a private home -photo above) on the R. Continue straight across a stile until the churchyard of Droxford Church (see photos above). Turn R to enter the church yard, picking up the Wayfarers Way again. Pass through a final gate and the car should be straight in front.
A lovely walk for a warm spring day!