HWC local walks 2009



This page 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.

Our evening walks are the most regular of these.  Typically they are about 3-5 miles across local countryside, starting and finishing at a pub, with dinner afterwards.  They normally start at 7pm but there are occasional exceptions - see below for details.  If you are on the club distribution list, you will get notified about all of these.  Please contact the organiser before turning up, to check it's still happening and also to make arrangements for dinner!

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

Date Time Location Meeting point Parking Go/no-go decision Pub stop? Organiser and contact Description
Sunday 19th July
09:15
Sandown, IoW
Portsmouth Passenger Ferry terminal (Fast Cat)
Public car park opposite Portmouth Harbour railway station


Geoff Judd
Sandown to Ryde. A coastal walk beginning on Victorian promenades, then rising over the chalk cliffs of Culver Down and passing around the more tranquil Bembridge Harbour, before returning to promenades once again
Sunday 18th Oct
10:00
Hampshire/Wiltshire border
Vernham Dean
TBA
TBA
Yes
Cathy Glover
The walk is around Tidcombe (SU290585), Chute, and  Vernham Dean (SU340565) OS Explorer 131.  These villages are on the Wiltshire-Hampshire border, an area of wooded downland in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Features of this walk are: the Chute Causeway (a curving Roman road), the Kenwardstone, Tidcombe Barrow, Fosbury Hillfort, and the Hatchet Inn at Lower Chute ("an  unchanged, neatly kept C16th thatched country pub with restful atmosphere").
Sunday 15th November
10:00
Fritham/Frogham
Royal Oak PH, Fritham (SU231142) Pub car park?
TBA
Yes
Katy Wood
The walk starts from the Royal Oak at Fritham and is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours easy walking.  There is the opportunity to stop for a drink / lunch at Frogham and the beer at Fritham is good on our return.
Sunday 20th December
10:45
Pepperbox Hill/Downton
Pepperbox Hill
Pepperbox Hill car park
TBA
Yes
Denise Haverty
Day walk from Pepperbox Hill to Downton and back (same route we've done in previous years). Lunch White Horse at Downton (01725 510 408 ) 12:30. Please contact Denise by Weds 16th December for lunch numbers, 
Sunday 17th January
10:00
Old Winchester Hill and Meon Valley Old Winchester Hill car park
Old Winchester Hill car park
Yes
Alasdair Paton
An 11 mile walk in the Meon Valley with a pub stop at Exton for lunch. Please contact Alasdair by Weds 13th January for lunch numbers.




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
Tuesday 2nd June
19:00?
Timsbury, Test Valley
Bear & Ragged Staff PH (SU335258) Just north of Timsbury on A3057 pub number 01794 368602. In pub car park

Yes
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.
Wednesday 10th June
19:00
Sparsholt Meet at The Plough PH.
In pub car park

Yes
Geoff Judd
An easy walk along open farm tracks with good views, and back through established woodland tracks.
Tuesday 16th June
19:00
King Somborne
Rendevous of the Village Hall car park as easy for parking. It is on the Romsey road, main road through village A3065, 500yds south of pub, signposted on right if travelling north from Romsey, if get to church you have missed it. Village Hall Car Park

Yes. The Crown
Mary Tims
TBD. More details to follow
Wednesday 15th July
TBD
Broughton
TBD
TBD

TBD
Dave Reynolds
TBD. More details to follow.
Wednesday 22nd July
18:45
Romsey
Meet at the The Old House at Home PH, Romsey
Waitrose Car Park

Yes
June Abay
The walk goes along the canal, past Roke Manor, through Squabb Wood and then back towards Romsey Abbey.
Thursday 30th July
19:00
Nomansland
Meet at: public car park opposite The Lamb PH, Nomansland (grid ref. SU254174 - Landranger 184 or OL22)
Public car park opposite the Lamb PH

Yes. The Lamb
Cathy Glover
Walk info: a lovely route through Bramshaw Wood with lots of mature broad leaf trees and some walking over the open heath too.  About 6km.  Will be muddy if it's been raining so bring suitable shoes
Wednesday 5th August
19:00
Easton nr Kingsworthy
Meet at the Cricketers PH, Easton. SO21 1EJ. Grid ref SU511322.
Pub car park or on road.

Yes
Geoff Judd
A mostly level walk along the River Itchen.
Tuesday 11th August
19:00
Whiteparish
Meet at and park at: The Fountain Inn, Whiteparish.  postcode SP5 2SG grid ref. SU24535 (pub phone 01794 884266)  Pub car park

Yes
Alasdair Paton
A walk up onto Dean Hill, along the ridge and back on tracks.  Some steep sections and top track may be muddy, but has great views from the ridge both north and south.  Distance about 7km.
Thursday 20th August
19:00
Hinton Ampner nr Cheriton
Meet at the Hinton Arms, Hinton Ampner (postcode SO24 0NH, pub phone 01962 771252 and grid ref. SU592278.  Pub is just on the A272)  Pub car park

Yes
Alasdair Paton
New walk over east of Winchester on the downs; hope to head east along Cheriton Down and back through Hinton Ampner stately home (part of Wayfarer's Walk).  Estd. distance 7.5km.

Tuesday 25th August
19:00
Dunbridge
Meet at the Mill Arms, Dunbridge.  (postcode SO51 0LF, pub phone 01794 340401 grid ref SU318261)  Pub car park

Yes
Alasdair Paton
Walk goes over the level crossing, along the River Dun via fields, then uphill through the woods (Dummer Copse) and back via Mottisfont.  Estd. distance 7km.  This was done about 2 years ago by Cathy Glover and was a good circuit with nice views and good food at the end, and a number of shortening options if light is limited.
















































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


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