Category Archives: Walks

A Christmas Walk in Kings Worthy with post walk refreshments!

Date of walk: Saturday 16th December

Miles: 8 approx

Leader: Miranda
Phone: 07745 585518

Meet time: 1015 Start time: 1030

Description: A gently undulating walk with some far-reaching views, taking in a disused railway track and lovely open farmland and downland north of Kings Worthy, via footpaths, bridleways and country lanes and some village pavements – no stiles but expect mud! Some distant traffic noise in places.

Walk type: Leisurely

Other information: please bring a packed lunch and refreshments. Suitable for new walkers and there will be a lunch break and second stop as required. Dogs welcome – leads will be needed in places.

Directions: Leave the M3 at junction 9 and take the A34 junction signposted Kings Worthy, then keep right to join the A33 towards Basingstoke. Just up the hill after the turning for the the Cart and Horses pub turn left into Lovedon Lane past the new housing development, and follow the road down to the King Charles pub where you turn left into Springvale Road. Turn first left into Kings Close and park in the driveway at no 16 ( top left with green garage door) or anywhere in the Close and surrounding roads.

Refreshments afterwards: Prosecco and panettone at no 16 or refreshments at the King Charles pub next door.

Start or meeting point: Kings Close, Kings Worthy

Postcode: SO23 7TE

Stansted Forest (Rowlands Castle)

Date: Sunday 17th December
Meet Time: 10.15 Start Time: 10.30

Miles: 9
Walk Type: Moderate

Leader Name: Stephen C
Phone: 07816 965917

Start: Main Avenue Car Park, Broad Walk, Stansted Park, PO9 6DU

Description: A delightful walk takes us first through the grounds of Stansted House, before edging round the estate in an anti-clockwise direction to head north to Broadreed Farm. Following the lane we reach Watergate Hangar from where we circle round towards West Marden. Heading back to the south-west we first skirt and then enter Stansted Forest before following the permissive paths and grassy rides back to the car park. Various route options depending on the weather and ground conditions with possibly one steep descent. No major hills but a fairly high undulation count! The route crosses several arable fields on soft earth and may encounter muddy tracks in the woods.

Other Information: Please bring a packed lunch and refreshments. Drinks afterwards in Rowlands Castle. Please car share if possible (the car park has 25 spaces).

Postcode: PO9 6DU
Grid Ref: SU754103
Lat/Long: N50.887584, W0.92929155

Denmead Dash

Date: Tuesday 26th December
Meet Time: 12:45 Start Time: 13:00

Miles: 6
Walk Type: Leisurely

Leader Name: Stephen C
Phone: 07816 965917

Start: Free Car Park, Kidmore Ln, Denmead, Waterlooville PO7 6JZ

Description: Let’s get some fresh air and burn off the second helping of Christmas pud! Heading out along the Wayfarer’s Walk we’ll go north to Hambledon along field edges and a final steep descent of Speltham Down. After a walk through the village, we’ll find some tracks, lanes and more fields to make our way back to the start.

Other Information: Bring water, turkey sandwiches or mince pies. We’ll make a quick stop at half-way. Festive apparel optional. Accompanied young adults welcome.

Postcode: PO7 6JZ
Grid Ref: SU659120
Lat/Long: N50.904054, W1.0638472

St Catherine’s Hill and the South Downs Way

Date of Walk: Saturday 30th December

Miles: 8.5

Start Time: 1030 Meet Time: 1015

Leader Name: Richard B
Phone: 07969 574926

Description: A stroll with multiple viewpoint opportunities on the downland south and east of Winchester. Meeting at St Catherine’s Park and Ride (with wc availability), we ascend St Catherine’s Hill for a view across the city of Winchester. Then crossing the M3 we go towards Morestead and Cheesefoot Head, returning to Winchester via the South Downs Way. Optional pub stop at the Black Boy before returning to the Park and Ride.

Walk Type: Moderate

Other Information: Wear appropriate warm and waterproof clothing and stout footwear. Parts may be muddy after recent rain, and chalk may be slippery if wet. Bring sandwiches for lunch and drinks.

Directions: Follow signs from the A31 or M3 to St Catherine’s Park and Ride. Meet by the toilets/ central shelter. Car park charge £3 all day.

Nearest Postcode: SO23 8RA
Map coordinates: SU 488282 Satnav: 51.0513566,-1.3050594 (approx.!)