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Nice flat route on what seems to be an old railway line route. Brilliant for cycling and accessible for all. My only criticism would be that the path at the start is quite narrow for 15 minutes and the route is very popular with cyclists, therefore if you are walking you do have to be careful of blocking anyone’s way.

Enjoyed this, been working down here so before the 5 hour drive home today I thought I would get up early and go for a stroll to enjoy the local scenery. Great little walk, nothing strenuous, took me just over an hour and that was with some stops for photos and to take it all in. All the locals out walking their dogs/running were all friendly too. Definitely recommend.

A lot of this route is close to or on road which was disappointing and there were too many people for my liking!

hiking
12 days ago

Overcrowded but nice environment

I really enjoyed this trail, because it was hilly and not too many people out walking. Met some alpacas in Upper Bush out for their daily exercise. Some beautiful scenery now that the leaves are on the trees.

walking
12 days ago

Because of the heat, I only managed to complete half of the route. It was too overcrowded for my liking, as I like the peace and quiet on my walks.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with loads to see, woodland, brooks, streams, open fields, old architecture and bluebell meadows will definitely do this one again.

This walk starts along the Meon Valley railtrack. It has an interesting history - lots of signs along the way with details. The walk crosses the River Meon, and the turns into The Pilgrims Way. The Hundred Acre Wood has play equipment for children and lots of picnic areas

1 month ago

Perfect for cycling, relatively flat with slight inclines. The tunnels are really cool, and views are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a good trail. Only issue was a very loud dog behind a fence.

Possibly the best walk in the area. Excellent.

Long but very enjoyable! It was a beautiful day and the views were lush. Walking back along the canal was wonderful. The trail is simple to follow- keep an eye out for the turning point as it’s easily missed (slope down next to the blue sign and head on to the main road briefly). Completed in 2.5hours at a steady pace with a few pauses to take pictures. Would do again.

running
over grown
scramble
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Nice but to much tarmac sections

Great walk! A few stiles early on that were challenging for my dog (she’s pretty big), but overalls lovely walk across beautiful Norfolk countryside!

hiking
2 months ago

This walk was completed in spring after a prolonged period of rain. It was relatively mud free. The walk skirts one side of Winchester Hill with a rather strenuous climb which only lasts about 200 metres. You can end the walk in the pub in West Meon which is great or buy a sandwich from the post office

Stunning walk! Bit of everything: forests, fields and river. Very long though

hiking
flooded
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

The walk started well until approx 30 mins in when it became boggy with several trees fallen across the path. Had to turn back after a 'lake', to the height of the dry stone wall, had formed across the path. Despite trying to go round, it became unmanageable, especially with two dogs. Maybe better in the spring /summer but won't be going back any time soon!

walking
muddy
2 months ago

It's exactly what I personally needed for a walk, long and freeing I guess. at one point in one of the fields you can't see pretty much anything around you other than, well, field. I accidentally went off track at one point as you ARE supposed to cross the bridge before a bull pen and come off of the muddy uneven walk. I went the day after it rained and was covered in mud and had to walk around a few floodings of the fields, but it was great to be honest! lots of things to see and my dog loved it too. I'll definitely be doing this again.

great route, bit boggy in places because of the time of the year, road near school very busy during school pick up as expected

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great for cycling but would be a bit of a tedious walk I think. Hassop station cafe does amazing sandwiches and cakes!

I would recommend this trail to everyone. it is nice and flat so well suited for anyone who struggle with incline or tougher terrain, young children, dogs or with bikes. the trail is very well kept with plenty of benches and picnic tables. There are some beautiful views and scenery; and the trail is very open to plenty of sun but can feel the wind due to dips at either side of the walkway at times. There is a nice little cafe and set of toilets at the start/end of the walk also.

mountain biking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

A nice family walk on the disused rail line. Would have been nicer if more of it was adjacent to the river.

This is strictly a review of the exact route we walked. The area looks to have better walking routes than this... Starts off OK, then you cross a really busy major road and walk past some suburban housing and more roads. When you get to the trail it gets more pleasant until you realise you can still hear fluctuating levels of road noise, which then crescendos into the loudest bit of roadside walking I’ve ever done (with a bonus of breathing in petrol fumes) which ended in two headaches. Redeemed in part thanks to a good lunch but I was hoping for a relaxing weekend walk and ended up thinking that I find being in central Manchester at work more relaxing. In short, drive off somewhere else and go for a walk then come back here for the excellent food.

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