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Old Winchester Hill

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Old Winchester Hill
Author: mike evans, Published: 11 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star0 Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guidestar0 Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guidestar0 Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guidestar0 Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guidestar0 Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guide
Hampshire, South Downs
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Old Winchester Hill
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guide boot Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guide boot Old Winchester Hill, Hampshire walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk in Hampshire which follows part of the South Downs Way and is almost completely in the open with stunning countryside views. This walk starts pretty much at the top of a hill, so there is inevitably going to be some periods of walking up and down hill. That said, the stiff uphill walking is limited to one short and sharp section of 150 metres or so. You will need to negotiate some stiles and gates. At the end of the day, this is a breathtaking walk. Allow 2.5 hours.

Old Winchester Hill is located approx 6 miles west of Petersfield in Hampshire. It can be reached from the A3 going north or south. From the A3 take the turning to Clanfield (approximately four miles south of Petersfield). Follow signs for Clanfield. After one mile and shortly after turning sharp left, turn right onto East Meon Road. After 1.6 miles turn left onto Droxford Road. Then after a further 2.5 miles, look out for a brown tourist sign on the right with Old Winchester Hill on it (see icon image) and the entrance to a car park on the left. Park in this car park (free of charge - correct March 2019). The nearest post code is SO32 3LF (this is not exact so use the App's live map to guide you once you are near).

Walk Sections

Start to Gates
Start to Gates

Start point: 50.9885 lat, -1.0812 long
End point: 50.9874 lat, -1.0758 long

From the car park, walk back out onto the road. Being careful of traffic, cross the road to the far verge and turn left along this. After a short distance there is a path available alongside the verge. Continue on this and after 280 metres you will see a two-way fingerpost indicating the South Downs Way and pointing to a small five bar gate (alongside a larger one) on your right.

Turn right to pass through this and follow the obvious path as it goes downhill. At the bottom of the hill, follow a two-way fingerpost to bear slightly left and pass through two gates to continue to follow the South Downs Way.

Gates to Barn
Gates to Barn

Start point: 50.9874 lat, -1.0758 long
End point: 50.9902 lat, -1.0668 long

Continue on a concrete track for some 400 metres to reach some barns. Turn left to follow the South Downs Way sign (which is on the side of the first barn). Follow the tarmac road as is bears round to the right. Continue for some 300 metres or so to cross a bridge and reach a road junction, by a large barn.

Barn to Road
Barn to Road

Start point: 50.9902 lat, -1.0668 long
End point: 50.9811 lat, -1.0587 long

Turn right here to stay on the South Downs Way and walk past the large barn with four large grain hoppers on your left. Walk down this road for 400 metres and then, at a two-way fingerpost, turn left to follow the South Downs Way. Walk up the wide concrete roadway with a wire fence on the left (and meadowland beyond) and open meadowland to the right.

This path is moderately uphill and, as the concrete gives way to a dirt and grass track after some 500 metres, still continue ahead for a further 300 metres to reach a four-way fingerpost. Turn right to stay on the South Downs Way. This tree-lined track runs for 750 metres to end at a wooden barrier (with a gap to the left of it). Go through the gap to shortly reach a road. Turn right onto the road to leave the South Downs Way.

Road to Wood
Road to Wood

Start point: 50.9811 lat, -1.0587 long
End point: 50.978 lat, -1.0717 long

Walk along the road, passing three houses on your left and heading gently downhill. After 650 metres at a T-junction, turn left. After a few metres, turn right and walk gently uphill for 500 metres. Ignore a fingerpost on your left and shortly look out for a large galvanised gate on the right (with a smaller one to the right of that).

Turn right through the smaller gate, walk towards a stile and pass over that. There is a fingerpost by the stile but when we did the walk the ‘finger’ was missing. The hole where the ‘finger’ was points diagonally across an arable field, but not at the correct angle. Now this path is part of The Monarch’s Way so you might expect it to be well-defined. It isn’t and to add to the problem, you are asked not to walk around the field boundary as it is a sanctuary for wildlife. So, here’s the clue to find the correct direction across the field. One, follow the App's live GPS track. Two, look for two clumps of trees on the far horizon and aim towards the right-hand side of the left of these (see associated image).

Cross the field to reach a stile with a Monarch’s Way waymarker on it and pass over it. Now for the climb! Go straight up, a distance of about 100 metres, to meet a further stile (again with a waymarker). You will want to sit on this stile to admire the view before you climb over it!

Wood to End
Wood to End

Start point: 50.978 lat, -1.0717 long
End point: 50.9886 lat, -1.0815 long

When you have your breath, climb over the stile and go forward on a narrow path which weaves its way through some small trees. (In fact, this is the right-hand edge of the clump that you were aiming at). At the end of the path through the wood you will reach a stile into a field. (This was the only point in the walk where there wasn’t a space for a dog to pass; however, a few metres away at the edge of the wood there was a space for a dog to exit onto the road which you are heading for). Cross the stile, turn left and after a few paces, pass over a further stile and onto the road.

Turn right on the road and walk for 650 metres, taking care to lookout for traffic on this normally quiet road. Just as you reach the start of a wood on your right, look out for a large five bar gate on your left (with a smaller one alongside). Turn left off the road to pass through the smaller gate. After a couple of paces turn right onto the South Downs Way, (there is a fingerpost on your right). Walk along the South Downs Way for some 250 metres and, at an obvious opening where you will see a parallel track a few metres to your left, go left and right to transfer to this parallel track (the views are much better!) After a few paces you will see a seat just off to your left which has expansive views of the whole area. You may wish to avail yourself of this. But to finish the walk, continue on this track for a further 200 metres or so, to reach the car park where the walk began.

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