HWC local walks 2006

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
Sat 29 April
10.00
Old Winchester Hill, Meon Valley
English Nature car park
see left
Previous evening
Yes - The Shoe in Exton
Alasdair Paton
About 9 miles around gravel tracks and across farmland.  Some muddy and wet stretches, and one steep climb.  Great views from the Hill, and sustained interest throughout.
Sun 7 May
?
Whitesheet Hill, nr Salisbury
?
?
?
?
Justine Grose
Wessex Walks - sponsored walk raising money for Save the Children.  Looking for volunteers to help club member Mark Moriai with marshalling/organising this one.
Sun 14 May
?
nr. Winchester
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?
?
Justine Grose
Wessex Walks - sponsored walk raising money for Save the Children.  Looking to have a group outing to this while raising money for charity.
Sun 4 June
?
Isle of Wight
Lymington ferry
Ferry terminal
TBD
TBD
Geoff Judd
A day walk on the Isle of Wight, to replace the aborted weekend trip.  Exact location TBD but we'll cross from Lymington-Yarmouth and walk on that side.
TBD
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Clarendon Way (Salisbury-Winchester)
Salisbury Cathedral!
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?
David Haigh
Walk the Clarendon Way - all 26 miles of it - from Salisbury to Winchester cathedrals.  May be options on part of the walk if you aren't up for the full thing.


















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
First evening walks will start on the last week in May, and run through to end of August.
Tue 30 May
19.00
Timsbury (Test Valley)
Bear & Ragged Staff PH (SU335258) Just north of Timsbury on A3057.
at the pub

The Bear and Ragged Staff PH
Pub phone 01794 368602
Alasdair Paton
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.
week of 5/6

No walk this week




Alasdair Paton
No walk this week.
Tue 13 June
19.00
Owslebury, nr. Winchester
Car park of The Ship PH, Owslebury. SU511233
Pub car park
By Monday evening
The Ship PH
Phone 01962 777358
Alasdair Paton
Nice circuit on footpaths and downland with good views.  One lane to navigate which can have a lot of nettles - long trousers recommended.
Thu 22 June
19.00
Beauworth, nr. Cheriton (A272)
The Milburys PH.  SU570247
Follow the A272 east of Winchester.
Turn right after Cheesefoot Head, straight on at 2 crossroads.
Pub on next crossroads.
At the pub
By Wednesday evening
The Milburys PH.
01962 771248
Alasdair Paton
An open circuit on downland with a few muddy stretches through woods.  Beware nettles again.
Mon 26 June
19.00
nr. Romsey
The Dukes Head PH  SU352233
Head out of Romsey on A3057 towards Stockbridge; pub is 1km on right hand side.
Pub

Dukes Head PH
01794 514450
June Abayasiriwardana
A woodland walk taking in Squabb Wood and trees along the canal path.  A short stretch of road connects these two sections.
Thu 6 July
19.00
Longstock, Test Valley
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
Thu morning
The Peat Spade PH
Pub phone 01264 810612
Orders before the walk!
Geoff Judd
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 11 July

New Forest
No details



Justine Grose
Details TBC
week of 17/7
No walk this week due to Lakes trip




n/a
n/a
Tue 25 July
TBC
New Forest
Meet at The Oak Inn, Bank SU286073
TBC
TBC
TBC
Tom Byne and Kate Wood Circular walk through the forest tracks just outside Lyndhurst. Takes in a deer park and some less-travelled forest paths.
Thu 3 Aug
19.00
Whiteparish
The Fountain PH, Whiteparish
Pub car park

The Fountain PH.  Phone 01794 884266
Alasdair Paton
An easy-to-follow track across open land and along the Dean Hill ridge.  Some rough ground along the track.  (Though we ended up going east from Whiteparish not west, to avoid the wild horses in Whelpley Farm!)
Tue 8 Aug
19.00
Sparsholt, nr Winchester
The Plough, Sparsholt
Pub car park
TBC
Yes at the Plough,
Geoff Judd
A walk around lanes and tracks just outside Winchester, with an excellent food stop afterwards!
Mon 14 Aug
19.00
Easton
The Cricketers PH, Easton (just off the A31 east of Winchester)
Pub car park
TBC
The Cricketers PH, Easton (SU513322)  Pub phone 01962 779353 Geoff Judd
A very enjoyable, most level, riverside walk of about 4 miles in the pretty Itchen Valley.  Back after a couple of years off the calendar.  We are visiting the less expensive pub in Easton!
Thu 24 Aug
19.00
Upham, nr Bishops Waltham
Brushmakers' Arms SU540205  Pub phone 01489 860231 In Upham, by the duckpond not the pub
Yes, at the Brushmakers
Alasdair Paton
Yet again this gets onto the calendar!  Upham is a pretty, isolated village and the walk is on farmland paths and wide tracks, with good views and one short hill near the end!
Wed 30 Aug
19.00
Nomansland, New Forest
The Lamb PH, Nomansland (SU253171) At the pub (car park)

Yes, at The Lamb.
Pub phone 01794 390246
Denise Haverty
The last walk of the season.









Evening walks are run by volunteers!  If you have a good idea for one, or want to fill one of these slots, please get in touch with the secretary!

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


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