Covid 19

In view of the current situation in England, our walk programme is on hold. At this point, we do not know when we will be able to resume organised walks. The walks below show what we would have been doing.

Full details of the programme are available to members. To join, email our membership secretary. See the Join page for details.

Note: before going on any of these walks please contact the walk leader to say you want to attend and confirm details. If this is your first walk you may email the membership secretary who will provide you with the walk leader’s contact details and full details of the start.

Participation at all these events is at your own risk.

Most of the walks meet at 10:15 am to depart promptly at 10:30 am.

Walks are on Saturdays, unless stated otherwise.

Saturday 8 Feb Locks Heath and Holly Hill Meet 10:15am Start 10:30am 5 miles or 7.5 miles
Easy pace (hot lunch or picnic)
We make extensive use of tarmacked greenways as we visit Coldeast Pond and walk around Locks Heath for a hot meal at the Locks Heath Centre. Seating is available for anybody wanting a picnic or you could buy something from a shop. We see Coldeast Mansion on the way back. A longer walk is being offered around Holly Hill Woods before driving back to Waitrose for tea. Please let Mark know by the Sunday 2nd February if you want a hot meal.
Friday 14 February Winchester- Tea shop walk Meet Time 1:30pm Start time 1.:45pm Approx 3 miles
Easy Pace
Optional lunch before walk
Stroll round historic Winchester to include: Hyde abbey gate and gardens, West Gate and Barracks, City Mill, Abbey Gardens, Cathedral Close, Winnall Nature Reserve. Route may vary according to weather. Tea afterwards in Cathedral Refectory/cafe. Contact the leader by 7 February to book on walk and optional lunch in local Pizza/Pasta restaurant.
Saturday 22 February Kings Somborne and Farley Mount Meet 10:15am Start 10:30am 10 miles
Moderate Pace
Picnic lunch
Test Way, Kings Somborne, Hoplands, edge of Parnholt Wood, Beacon Hill and Farley Mount (excellent views; probably lunch stop, weather and progress permitting), returning along Clarendon Way and back through Kings Somborne. Moderately Hilly. We should be able to stop for a quick drink at the pub in Kings Somborne on our return.
Saturday 7 March Chilbolton circular Meet 10:15 Start 10:30 7.5 miles
Pub lunch
Moderate pace
Meet in the car park in Joys Lane, Chilbolton. The walk includes the Test Way and Harewood Forest. Please let Robert know if require pub lunch.
Wednesday 18 March Southwick Circular Meet 10:00 Start 10:15 5 miles
Lunch in the cafe
or picnic. Easy pace
Meet in the village Hall car park. This is a pleasant walk around the Southwick estate including a visit to the priory. Lunch will be available in café behind the shop.
Saturday 21 March Isle of Wight: Godshill and Appuldurcombe Meet 10:15am Start 10:30am 8.5 miles or 5,
optional shortcut after
picnic lunch
Moderate pace
Circuitous route to Stenbury Down via Bobberstone Farm and Freemantle Gate. Return to Godshill via Sainham Farm. Contact Bill by March 21st to let him know you are coming.
Saturday 4 April Selborne circular Meet 10:00am Start 10:15am 9.6 miles Moderate pace Picnic
Walk up zig zag across Selborne Common returning to Selborne via Noar Hill. Paths and lanes a couple of steep climbs. Can be muddy. Picnic lunch
Saturday 18 April Isle of Wight : Mottistone Meander Meet 10:15am Start 10:30am 3.9 miles,
moderate pace
some steep paths
A climb to the Common with views over the sea and a visit to a mysterious ancient monument. It starts at Mottistone Manor Estate, Strawberry Lane. The Manor has a tea garden for refreshments after the walk if open.
Thursday 23rd April Sholing to Netley Railway Walk Meet see details 4 miles
Easy pace
Picnic lunch
cafe at end
Meet at Royal Victoria Country Park outside the café/ toilets. Parking £6 for the day in West Car Park. Or arrive from 11am for pre-walk coffee. We will leave at 11.50, walk to Netley Station and take the 12.18 train to Sholing (£2.80 without railcard). Alternative meeting place outside Sholing Station at 12.25. (Note leader’s mobile number in case of train delay). The route follows part of the Itchen Way via an urban nature reserve to the estuary and then the Solent way to Royal Victoria Country Park for the café at the end of the walk. We will stop to eat lunch en-route. Those travelling by train can return via Netley Station (one train per hour each direction). Train times subject to change with release of summer timetable. Please let leader know nearer the time if you intend to come for update in case of timetable change, and so that we know to look for you. Toilets at Royal Victoria Country Park. No toilets at either station.
Saturday 9 May Yarmouth to Brook Down 10.45 but TBC 10-12 miles
shorter option 4-5 miles
Moderate pace
Picnic, tea,
optional evening meal.
Yarmouth river walk to Afton Down and Brook Down (five barrows). Return via coast path to Freshwater Bay then a member's family home for tea and homemade cake. Shorter option: Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay – Spend time there eg Dimbola Lodge and rejoin walk group before tea. Optional evening meal Yarmouth- contact leader by 1 May to book meal and walk and confirm ferry time. Note the 2 week IOW walking festival is on that time.
Saturday 16 May Across Winnall Meadows Meet 10.00am Start 10.15am 5.5 miles
easy pace
Picnic lunch
Following the River Itchen to Kingsworthy, crossing under A34 and over A33 towards Abbotts Worthy before returning along the Itchen Way towards Winchester via Winnall Moors. This is a lovely riverside walk but can be quite muddy in parts. Hopefully finish in River Park for a picnic/late lunch
Fri 22 to Mon 25 May Weekend away Elim Conference Centre, Malvern - -
Although the deadline has passed, it's possible there may still be room. If you would like to come, please enquire by 1 March
Saturday 6 June Selbourne Woodland Meet 10am Start 10.15am 6miles
Picnic lunch
The woodland walk is a direct contrast to the hilly walks to the west of which Gilbert White is famous but although gentler still encompasses his life work. Tea awaits at the end of the walk in the village tea room or Gilbert Whites Heritage museum.
Thursday 11 June New Forest- Ashurst Tea shop Walk Meet 1:15pm Start 1.30pm 3 miles
Easy pace
The circular walk takes us along mostly wide forest paths, over a railway bridge and through different types of trees where a deer or two may be spotted and bird song enjoyed. Tea/coffee at the pub on our return.
Saturday 20 June Isle of Wight: Chale and Niton Meet 10.15am Start 10.30 am 3.5 miles
easy pace
The walk passes Black Gang Chine and turns inland on a bridleway to Niton before climbing steadily to the edge of St Catherine’s Down. Great views before we drop back down into Chale. Several stiles. Public toilets in Niton. It can be muddy. Please contact the leader by June 13th, especially to book a pub lunch.
Saturday 27 June Otterbourne Circular Meet 10:00am Start 10:15am 9 miles
Moderate Pace
Picnic lunch
Start from Otterbourne Church walking west over M3 through Cranbury Park (private estate) towards Hursley. Return from Hursley along the Monarchs Way to Shawford. We then follow the Otter trail along the Itchen river back to Otterbourne
Thursday 2 July North Hayling Tea Shop Walk Meet 10:15am Start 10:30am 5 Miles
Easy Pace
Cafe Lunch
We cross the bridge to walk down the Hayling Billy Path before cutting across country to have lunch at Northney Tea Rooms. A good selection of snacks are available as well as some hot meals. There are fine coastal views.
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