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Beacon Hill and Exton

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Beacon Hill and Exton is a 10.9 kilometer loop trail located near Alresford, Hampshire, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

10.9 km
270 m


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trail running


bird watching


A circular walk from the Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve on the South Downs, near Warnford in Hampshire. (NOTE: There are two Beacon Hills in Hampshire, this is the one near Warnford, not the one near Burghclere). This peaceful circuit takes you through the rolling landscape of the Meon Valley, following quiet tracks and paths across chalk grassland and through beautiful sections of dense woodland. About two thirds of the way round, the route leads you through the pretty village of Exton with thatched cottages, a beautiful church and the River Meon flowing through the bottom of the pub garden. At the summit of Beacon Hill you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Solent and Isle of Wight. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a fairly steep climb up to the top of Beacon Hill at the end. The paths can be very muddy at times and the chalk can also be slippery so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several gates plus 12 stiles (all of which either have gaps alongside for most dogs to pass through or should be low enough for dogs to hop over). On the outward leg to reach Exton village most of the paths are enclosed tracks but you will cross two pastures that may be holding cattle (although they were empty when we walked). The return leg follows the South Downs Way and you have a choice to follow the walkers route (which crosses multiple cattle pastures and includes 6 of the stiles) or the bridleway route which follows a quiet lane. Approximate time 3.5 hours.

15 days ago

I would recommend this walk, but if you have a dog when going through the last field with cattle up hill was a bit scary as every cow walked with me luckily the bull didn’t take much notice, just be prepared, apart from that a lovely walk through woods and fields

1 month ago

A stunning walk. However, there was a bull in the pasture field before the Rabbit Copse, who ran over to us to take a closer look. Not an experience I'd repeat!

3 months ago

An excellent and quiet walk. Really beautiful scenery from beginning all the way to the end. The most clear walk instructions I have ever followed. So very well written without causing any confusion - not an easy task for walks in woods and fields, so many thanks to the author.

24 days ago

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