The Meon Valley Railway Line Walk
Beautiful Meon Valley offers a wealth of things to do including a lovely 10-mile Meon Valley Railway Line Walk. If you’re doing the walk then why not plan to start in the picturesque village of Wickham and end in West Meon where you can make a beeline for the Thomas Lord for a delicious lunch or dinner or a few well-deserved drinks.
The railway line trail re-opened in 2015, following extensive vegetation clearance and resurfacing by Hampshire County Council, in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority. Better access points were created and some trees were removed to open up some stunning views, as well as improve and create a diverse habitat in keeping with the surrounding South Downs.
The route is flat and follows the bed of the former Meon Valley Railway, which ran between Alton to Fareham before closing in 1968. It is therefore not too difficult to walk, and offers pretty views over the nearby towns, villages and countryside. Visitors including walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and even carriage drivers can use the section of the trail between Mislingford and West Meon. There are several access points along the route, including at the village of Meonstoke and from the current temporary South Downs Way route, which crosses the trail to the east of Exton.