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Walk of the Week - Walk around East Meon


  • Author: Amble Wobbler; man with two hands, two legs and a dodgy knee
  • Published: 4th April 2019
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Walk of the Week - Walk around East Meon

 Occasional series of local walks: No 4

 Much the most interesting walk I know is this walk around East Meon.  It’s a charming village anyway, with lots of thatched cottages and historic buildings such as the Old Court House. And inside the imposing Norman Church you can see a beautifully carved, mediaeval font.

This walk is best followed in an anti-clockwise direction so that it climaxes with the superb views from the hills above the village. But be warned, there are steep sections and one path can be extremely muddy after wet weather. Nevertheless, with the river, village and countryside to explore you’ll find much to enjoy.

 Start: East Meon High Street

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 2 hours. 

Difficulty: moderate; two short, steep sections with many stiles

 The walk starts where the River Meon accompanies you along the High Street; but keep to your left, for shortly beyond the Isaac Walton pub, you’ll plunge left down a footpath between two cottages.  It feels like you’re going to visit their back gardens, but no, it leads out behind them, passing allotments before returning to the river as it arrives at Frogmore, a delightful hamlet on the outskirts of East Meon.

At Frogmore, where the river disappears under a lane, walk down the road to the oddly titled “Bottle Ale Cottages”, where opposite you climb a stile into a footpath. (Why the unusual name I cannot tell.  There’s no record of a brewery in the village yet spot the ends of 4 bottles in the cottage wall; an old photo confirms they’ve been there at least a century.)

Follow the footpath; keeping left at two further footpath junctions until you reach a road, which you must cross to continue up a byway: as indicated above, halfway along this byway it can become very muddy after wet weather, so be sure to wear boots. The track leads you to a path junction of five byways and a footpath.  Here, take the 2nd left path, which heads north to a main road whereupon you walk on the road to Pidham Cottage, where you take the bridleway that surprisingly starts in their garden.

This bridleway rises slowly to woods, where a steep climb zig-zags you up into woods.  Going up, you bear left at a junction, but then turn right at the next, so the path leads you out beside fields. Ahead, you will pass under overhead power lines before you reach the next junction.  Here you turn left as the track rises alongside a hedgerow to the summit of your walk.  At the top, turn right, then left, to follow the farm track all the way to the road at Park Farm.

At Park Farm Cottages, you cross the road to take the footpath opposite; it leads south across Park Hill. This is where the walk gets really interesting as views unfold as you proceed onto the downs.

Firstly, fine views are afforded to your left, then as you bear right, combes drop away in front of you until you’ll notice the village roofs of East Meon with its church coming into view. Then at last, edge your way forward towards the village to gain the best view you can – this is a fascinating viewpoint. You’ll find East Meon set out below you like a model village. You cannot help looking down to see where your walk started from.

Finally, when you walk on, you’ll suddenly descend the downs to find yourself approaching the East Meon Church cemetery, which returns you to the village centre.

 

 

If you missed the previous walks - Walk 1 Walk 2 Walk3

 


 






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