HWC local walks 2005

This contains details of all the local walks we have planned for this year. These are typically arranged at a weekend or in the evening after work, and are normally not far from Hursley.  Lengths and distances vary widely, from short strolls of only 2-3 miles to extended hikes of 20+ miles, but the height gained during a day is normally less than on our 'away' trips to places like the Lakes, Wales and Scotland.

Anybody, whether a club member or not, is welcome to come along on these walks, but please do contact the organiser or club secretary first.

To keep things tidy I have split these into two sections:

Weekend walks

These walks will be added to as the season progresses.
Date Time Location Meeting point Parking Go/no-go decision Pub stop? Organiser and contact Description
Sun 16 Jan 2005
Old Winchester Hill, Meon Valley
English Nature car park, Old Winchester Hill
see meeting point
Pub stop at The Shoe Inn, Exton
Geoff Judd
Circular walk of about 11 miles around the Meon Valley, mostly on tracks or footpaths.  One steep climb at the end, and the section near Exton can be very muddy in wet weather.
Sun 13 Feb 2005
1030 start
Horsbridge and Broughton, Test Valley
The John O'Gaunt PH, Horsbridge
Car park opposite the pub
By Fri 11th
Pub - The Tally Ho, Broughton
Diana Ashworth
Circular walk of about 8 miles; not steep but could be muddy.
Sun 15 May
Justine Grose (but event organised by Wessex Walks)
Sponsored walk, raising money for Save the Children
Sat 11 June
Woodgreen, New Forest
Village green, Woodgreen
Where you can in the village
Lunch in Ringwood, pub in Woodgreen afterwards
Mike Jewson
The second part of Mike's Avon Valley Path walk.  Christchurch to Woodgreen, about 22 miles but it's flat most of the way.  Minibus at the start to enable a linear walk.  (The first part of the path was walked in March 2005 by Mike).
Sun 18 Dec
Pepperbox Hill to Downton
Pepperbox Hill NT car park, just off the A27/A36 junction
Car park at meeting point.

Will be a lunch stop  at The Wooden Spoon PH, Downton.
Denise Haverty
A walk along part of the river Avon
1 Jan 2006
Purbeck, Dorset
Rupert Ayers

If you'd like to organise another day walk anytime in the season, please contact the secretary and details can be posted here and to the membership.

Evening walks

As well as all-day walks throughout the year, we have a series of evening walks through the summer, from early June to late August. The general format is a 1.5-2 hour walk (3-5 miles) with an evening meal afterwards in a local pub. These are still being arranged; if you have suggestions for good walks within 20 miles of Hursley please let the secretary know and we'll try to include them. If the weather turns nasty, there is a chance these may be cancelled; see the "go/no-go decision" information for details.

Date Time Location Meeting point Parking Go/no-go decision Pub stop? Organiser and contact Description
Tue 31 May
The Sun PH, Romsey (on Winchester Road).  Pub phone 01794 512255
at the pub
5pm Tuesday
Yes, afterwards
Alasdair Paton, 07803 282714
A 5-mile circuit along Romsey Canal, across the Test and back through Squabb Wood
Tue 7 June
Sparsholt, nr. Winchester
The Plough PH, Sparsholt. Pub 01962 776353
at the pub
5pm Tuesday
Yes, in the Plough afterwards (last food 9pm!)
Alasdair Paton
as above
A walk around Farley Mount and the downlands.  Something around 4-5 miles.
Tue 14 June
Wherwell, Test Valley
The White Lion PH, Wherwell SU389409  Pub 01264 860317
pub car park
12.00 Tuesday
Yes.  Need to order food before setting out, food stops at 9pm
Alasdair Paton
as above
A walk along the rivers Anton and Test - about 5 miles.  We have done this circuit before but this time we're using a new pub stop
Tue 21 June
Burley, New Forest
The White Buck Hotel, Burley.
Pub Phone  01425 402264
To get to Burley, follow the A35 for Christchurch out of Lyndhurst. After a few miles there will be an unclassified road to your right, years ago it was signposted to Burley, and hopefully still is.
At the hotel

Yes, afterwards
Valory Batchellor
A 4.5 mile circuit in the New Forest, incorporating hills, bottoms and a disused railway station!  About 40 minutes' drive from Hursley but worth it for something different.
Thu 30 June
Test Valley, around Mottisfont
Bear & Ragged Staff PH SU335258.
Just north of Timsbury on A3057.
Pub phone 01794 368602

At the pub

Yes, afterwards
Diana Ashworth
An HWC classic!  A 5 mile circuit around the Test Valley area, passing Mottisfont Abbey.  A few stiles and one steep downhill part, slippy in the wet, otherwise easy going.
Wed 6 July
Tichborne, nr Alresford
Tichborne Arms PH SU572304
Head out of Winchester on the A31 towards Alresford.  Turn off the A31 into Alresford at the first roundabout, then turn right for Tichborne (about 400m after roundabout).
At pub
5pm on the day
Yes afterwards
Alasdair Paton
About 7km circular walk along part of the river Itchen, then across downland and farm tracks.
Thu 14 July
Longstock, nr. Stockbridge
The Peat Spade PH, Longstock SU361371.
From Stockbridge, head north on the A3057 (towards Andover).  Turn left at a hump-backed bridge and this leads to Longstock village.
Pub car park

Yes, afterwards (Pub phone 01264 810612).  Orders before we set out please Diana Ashworth
Another popular circular walk - pleasant walking along paths in the upper Test Valley.  This can be a little muddy after rain.  About 7km again.
Tue 19 July
To be confirmed

Yes please!
John + Mary Timms
Tue 26 July
nr. Beauworth, east of Winchester
The Milburys PH, Beauworth.  SU569246
Head along the A272 towards Petersfield, and turn right just after Cheesefoot Head.  This road heads directly to the pub.
Pub car park

Hope so - pub does food until 9pm.
Alasdair Paton
A new route - taking in part of the Wayfarer's Walk, plus the villages of Kilmeston and Beauworth.  About 7-8km total.
Tue 2 Aug
Owslebury, nr. Bishops Waltham
The Ship PH, Owslebury.  SU511233
From Hursley, head to M27 j11.
Take the B3335 to Twyford; continue through Colden Common.
At The Fishers Pond PH turn left onto B2177.
Turn left to Marwell Zoo and continue past the entrance. Keep left for 1 mile and you end up in Owslebury.
Pub car park.
5pm Tuesday
Yes, food after the walk.
Alasdair Paton
A previously walked area, but not in the last couple of years. A good walk across farmland and a few tracks, with the occasional hill.
Thu 11 Aug
Micheldever Woods
Details to be added

Geoff Judd
A new walk
Thu 18 Aug
From The Fountain PH, Whiteparish (SU245236).  Pub phone 01794 884266 Pub car park
5pm Thursday
Yes, food afterwards
Alasdair Paton
An easy-to-follow track across open land and along the Dean Hill ridge.  Some rough ground along the track.
Thu 25 Aug
Meet at The Wooden Spoon PH, Downton, Wiltshire. SU182215.  Pub phone 01725 511899. Pub car park

Yes, good food available afterwards.
Helen Kirk
A well-liked walk from Downton across farmland, along part of the River Avon.
Evening walks to start end of May, principally on Tuesday/Wednesday evenings

If you want to go on one of the above walks, contact the organiser for details.

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