Programme

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.

17 March Broughton to Salisbury Clarendon Way 11am 11 miles
(picnic lunch)
good pace
The Clarendon Way links Winchester and Salisbury via Broughton. This linear walk is the second part of the Clarendon Way and completes the walk we started in September 2017. For those starting the journey in Winchester we will catch the 10am No. 16 bus from Winchester railway station to take us to Broughton arriving just before 11am. We will walk towards Salisbury finishing at the cathedral and return to Winchester using public transport. If you are interested please contact Linda who will advise about car parking in Winchester. We may be able to work out a car shuffle so if you are interested in this walk please contact Linda in advance.
31 March Ferry-linked IOW – Afton Down and Brook 11:45 6 miles
(picnic lunch)
Optional extra 2 miles
 each way from/to Yarmouth quay
Moderate pace
This walks links to ferry leaving Lymington 10.00, then from Yarmouth guay walk 2 miles along old railway track. Meet at Freshwater Causeway, note very limited parking but there should be parking in Afton Road. Up onto Afton Down for walk towards Brook, picnic lunch and down to Freshwater Bay and beach. Across marshes for optional high tea. Route is subject to change depending on the weather. (lifts back to Yarmouth quay may be possible). Contact Angela at least a week in advance: by Saturday 24 March, for catering and to confirm ferry times.
14 April Cheriton 10:00 for
10:15 start
10 miles
(picnic lunch)
The walk takes in the South Downs Way, Itchen Stoke, Ovington and Tichborne with the sighting of bluebells along the way.
25 April Wed Tea shop walk – Bluebells on Portsdown 10:45 for
11:00 start
3.5 miles
Café lunch)
Gentle pace
We look at the Memorial Garden before climbing to see the bluebells carpeting Montemoor’s Coppice and enjoying fine views. We eat at the Fort Nelson Café.
28 April Shawford, hills and Itchen Way 10.15 for
10.30 start
10 miles
(picnic lunch)
Moderate pace
The walk will pass Twyford church before following the Monarch’s Way to Owslebury, then SW past Horsham Copse and Nob’s Crook to Brambridge, where we can visit the garden centre for some tea. Finally we follow the Itchen Way back to the start.
9 May Wed Isle of Wight - Tea shop walk 1:30 pm 3 miles
(tea shop)
Gentle pace
Meet at Tapnell Farm restaurant car park (not the play area one). On Newport Road - half way down (or up) the hill, signposted. Walk for about three miles on the Tapnell Trail, then time for afternoon tea.
10 May Thurs Butts Green, Lockerly, Montisfont circular walk 1:15 for
1:30 start
4.5 miles
(lunchtime tea shop)
Gentle pace
The walk crosses fields, 3 stiles and 2 rustic bridges. We cross and walk alongside a railway line for a short distance, go past Lockerly church and a Water Farm and through some of Montisfont woods and then alongside fields and woodlands that house a herd of deer. Pub for cup of tea near the end or a Teashop afterwards on the Stockbridge/Romsey Rd.
12 May West Marden & Stansted Forest 10:00 for
10:15 Start
8.5 miles
(picnic lunch)
This is a lovely circular walk beginning and ending in Stansted Forest, taking in Watergate Hangar, West Marden and Forestside. A walk characterised by woodland, hills, views, green pastures and easy country tracks.
25-28 May Weekend away Kairos Centre, Roehampton
The centre is an urban oasis in south-west London situated within acres of landscaped gardens and overlooking the historic Richmond Park. From this centre we will be able to explore the Thames Path, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Wimbledon Common, Barnes Wetland centre, Sion House, Osterley Park, Kew Gardens. All these are walkable from Kairos, but then there are 101 other places to walk within an easy tube or bus ride, e.g. Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath A variety of short and long walks will be organised but there will be freedom to plan your own day.
2 June Itchen Valley 10:00 for
10:15 start
7 miles
(picnic lunch)
Medium pace
The walk follows the river before heading off north and uphill towards Chillandham Farm. It passes through some woodland then across open fields with views of Alresford before crossing an old railway line in Itchen Abbas. We follow the railway line for a time before returning.
June 16 Ferry Linked Circular Walk, Brading to Bembridge 10:20 for
10:30 start
8 miles
Picnic lunch
optional pub dinner
Medium pace
Catch the 9:40 WightRider passenger ferry from Portsmouth Harbour to Brading Station. From Brading Station through to St Helens then to the river for a Picnic lunch. We then walk through Bembridge and on to the 18th century Windmill and head back to Brading Station through open fields and copse. There will be some road walking. Optional early evening meal at The Bugle Inn in Bembridge. Those coming from the mainland should then be able to catch the 6:28 train back to Ryde arriving back in Portsmouth 7:10. Please contact Chandra by 19 June to let her know you are coming and whether you will be staying for the evening meal.
28 June Thurs Tea-shop walk on Sussex/Hants border 10:45 for
11:00 start
6.5 miles
(picnic lunch)
Medium pace
From Finchdean walk to West Marden for picnic lunch. Includes visit to St Huberts Church, Idsworth. Tea back at pub at end of walk for those who wish.
30 June Pilgrims’ Way Stage 1- Winchester to Alresford 10.15 for
10.30am start
9. 5 miles
(picnic or Pub lunch)
Good Pace
This year we will make a start on the 130 miles Pilgrims’ Way linking Winchester to Canterbury which passes near Alton, Farnham, Dorking, Wrotham and Wye on the way. This first stage will start at Winchester Cathedral walking along the River Itchen to New Alresford. There is a frequent Bus service No.64 between Winchester and Alresford and we will have trouble deciding which Tea shop to visit in Alresford or Winchester. Please contact Linda by Wednesday 27 June if you require lunch at The Plough, Itchen Abbas (Moderate prices eg Fish and Chips £12)
7 July Isle of Wight - Nightjars on Mottistone Common 7:00 pm pub
or 9:00 pm
car park
2.5 miles
preceded by optional pub dinner Gentle pace
An evening stroll to hear, and hopefully watch, the nightjars on Mottistone Common. Join us for our evening meal at The Three Bishops, Brighstone or go directly to the car park at the lower end of Strawberry lane. Binoculars, torch and warm windproof clothing, advisable. You may like to bring a white handkerchief. When waved around, male nightjars think it’s another male and swoop to investigate. Contact Alan by 30 June to book meal, or to let him know to look for you in the car park.
7 July Pilgrims’ Way Stage 2 Alresford to Alton 10.15 for
10.30 start
12 miles
(picnic lunch)
Good pace
This second stage starts in Alresford and follows the St Swithun’s Way to Alton via Ropley and Four Marks. There is a frequent Bus Service No.64 from Alton back to Alresford. Contact Linda for further details
July Sunday TBA Sea Sunday at Warsash 15:45 for
16:00 start
4.5 miles
(pub meal)
Leisurely
Please note that at the time of the programme going out, the date of Sea Sunday has not yet been decided. It will probably be on the 8th or 15th of July. An email will be sent out when the date has been confirmed. Worship and celebrate Hampshire’s maritime connections by singing “Eternal Father, strong to save” (The Royal Naval hymn written at Winchester). Meet for a walk along the Solent Way and we will see water activity and probably cruise ships sailing before returning to the D Day Memorial by the River Hamble for the annual open air Anglican Sea Sunday Service at 1830 lasting 45 minutes. Fareham’s MP and councillors also attend and there will be a bucket collection. We can have an optional meal at the Rising Sun or Silver Fern at about 1930. Please let Mark know by previous Tuesday if you are coming.
21 July Amberley and the South Downs 10:15 for
10:30 start
9 miles
(picnic lunch)
Medium pace
We will walk up on to the Downs to Cootham and following the West Sussex Literary Trail through Parham Park (deer park). Our return route to Amberley will take us across the edge of Amberley Wild Brooks via Rackham Mill. Possible option of early evening meal.
28 July Barbeque and Swim, Catherington From 2pm
From 2pm, come and swim (or just relax in the garden). From about 5pm, we will have a barbeque. If everyone could donate £5 to cover the food, your barbecue (meat, salads and rolls, sweets) will be provided for you. Please bring something to drink. Please let Rachel know a week before to assist in catering, and any dietary requirements.
11 August Joint Hampshire and Surrey Walk 9:45 for
10:00 start
11 miles
(picnic lunch)
Medium pace
Meet at Bracklesham Bay car park (car parking all day £5 – 2017 prices, prices to be increased in April 2018) but free parking in side streets southwest of B2179 close to junction with B2198. Head northwards to Stubcroft Farm, then Hale Farm and Holmes Farm. Cross B2179 and head to Itchenor House and west to Chichester Channel . Take coastal path around West Wittering, East Wittering and back to Bracklesham Bay. Afterwards tea shop at Billy On The Beach Cafe .Swim in the sea opportunity.
18 August Isle of Wight - Niton Waterfall Walk 10:15 for
10:30 start
3 miles
(pub lunch)
Gentle pace
We head up onto to the downs, along to Bierley where we encounter the Falls on the Island. Then on to Wydcombe and circle back to Niton for lunch in the White Lion pub. Contact Ann by 11 August to let her know you are coming, and for lunch numbers. How Wightish that there is only ONE mapped waterfall on the Island but TWO villages pronounced Niton / Knighton.
1 September Stockbridge and Fullerton Mill 10:15 for
10:30 start
10 miles
(picnic lunch)
Moderate pace
Follow the Test way and take cycle path to Longstock church. Bridleway towards Danebury Down, short road walking then byway to Fullerton Mill. Return via Test Way. Tea shop stop in Stockbridge after the walk.
1 September Isle of Wight - Godshill and Appuldurcombe 10:15 for
10:30
8.5 miles or 5,
(optional shortcut after)
picnic lunch
Medium pace
Circuitous route to Stenbury Down via Bobberstone Farm and Freemantle Gate. Return to Godshill via Sainham Farm. Contact Bill by 8 September to let him know you are coming.
15 September Bramdean figure of 8 walk 10:15 for
10:30 start
Figure of 8 walk,
4.5 miles (am)
3.5 miles (pm)
Medium pace
Morning walk to ‘Church in the Woods’ (closed) and return to Bramdean for picnic or pub lunch in The Fox Inn. Afternoon walk to Hinton Ampner and back. Let Marian know by 11 September if you wish to have a pub lunch.
29 September Warblington and North Hayling 10:00 for
10:15 start
9.5 miles
(picnic lunch)
Medium pace
Figure of 8 walk. The morning walk should be shorter. Public toilets are available by the car park. An expensive thought will be given – oh dear!! We walk in the Warblington area paying a visit to the church in the morning before returning for our picnic. In the afternoon, we cross the bridge to walk down the Hayling Billy Path before cutting across country to have tea. A final thought – are there any other commandments?
6 October Pilgrims’ Way Stage 3 Alton to Farnham 10.15 for
10.30am start
10.5miles
(picnic lunch)
Good Pace
This third stage starts in Alton, again following the St Swithun’s Way to Farnham via Holybourne and Bentley. There is a Bus No.65 from Farnham to Alton and also a regular train service for the return journey. Please contact Linda for further details.
13 October Isle of Wight - Tennyson Trail 10:15 for 10:30 car park. 7 miles
(Picnic lunch)
Medium pace
We will be making our way to the Tennyson Trail, via edge of Westover, joining with path to Ashengrove. Taking footpath North of Calbourne road back to the Sun Inn.
17 November Social Event. HWCW 2018 Photobook Preview.
Further details in the winter programme.
1 December Christmas Walk and Lunch
Further details in the winter programme.
15 December IoW Christmas Curry (or casserole) plus planning meeting 1:00 pm Walk
3:00 pm planning
5:00 pm meal
Short walk
dependent on weather
Meet at 1:00 pm for a short. Return for planning / party games followed by meal. Please contribute £5 for the meal plus a bottle. Please confirm attendance and whether you want Curry or Casserole by 8 December to allow for meal planning.
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