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.

Sat 16 Feb Literary Walks in East Hampshire- Liphook Meet 10.00
for 10.15 start
6miles Lunch at the pub about 1.30pm Moderate Pace
The circular walk covers Weavers Down and Holly Hills where Flora Thompson, writer of Lark Rise to Candleford, lived. We will finish back at the Deer’s Hut for a bite to eat. Let Linda know by 13 February if you will be joining the walk and would like the Pub lunch.
Sat 23 Feb Isle of Wight - Old Railway and Manor House Walk Meet 10:15
for 10:30 start.
3.5 miles Pub lunch Easy Pace
A flat walk across open countryside, passing Merstone Manor. 1 stile that has space to squeeze around it if necessary. No toilets at start or on route. As there is nowhere near to have refreshments we plan to drive a short distance to the Diaryman's Daughter at Arreton.
Sat 9 March Monarchs Way and Broad Halfpenny Down Meet 10.15
for 10:30 start
6.5 miles picnic lunch Moderate Pace
Meet at the Catherington Car park. This is a circular walk via the Monarchs Way and Broad Halfpenny Down. Hilly.
Sat 23 March  Sandown Marshes IOW(suitable footwear) – ferry linked Meet at Sandown Station 11:10
for 11:20 start
8 miles Picnic lunch Moderate pace. Optional pub meal
Catch the 10:15 Wight Ryder from Portsmouth with a day return to Sandown. See www.southwesternrailway.com for rail connections. Parking in Portsmouth is expensive. Walk across Sandown Airfield for picnic lunch at Bill and Julie’s house then via Alverstone Mead and Sandown Marshes to Brading Station with option of early evening meal at The Yarbridge Inn before catching train back to Ryde or Sandown. Please contact Bill by March 16th to confirm ferry times and/or book a meal. Gentle walkers are welcome to remain with Julie after lunch and get a lift to the endpoint / meal.
Sat 6 April Pilgrims’ Way Stage 3 Alton to Farnham Meet 10.15
for 10.30am start
10.5miles (picnic lunch) Moderate Pace
This third stage starts in Alton, again following the St Swithun’s Way to Farnham via Holybourne and Bentley. We will meet at Alton Railway Station (Car parking at Station £2). 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.
Wed 10 April Tea Shop walk – Dogmersfield Meet 13:00 for 13:15 start 5 miles Easy pace
Enjoy an easy stroll through Dogmersfield park on this circular walk in Hampshire. The walk starts at the Basingstoke Canal car park in Odiham and follows the canal towpath past Odiham Common to the pretty Tundry Pond. You then follow footpaths around Dogmersfield Lake before picking up the canal to take you back to the car park. Tea shop stop at Newlyns Farm Shop Cafe.
Sat 13 April  West Meon, Beacon Hill & Exton 10.00
for 10.15am
8.5 Miles. Picnic. Moderate Pace.
The circular walk is steeped in history with great bronze age barrows at Beacon hill and gorgeous views over the Solent and Portsmouth, including Spinnaker Tower. The walk follows part of the route of the old Meon Valley Railway and the Monarch Way. If the weather forecast by Friday 12th is inclement, rather than picnic, we have the option of electing for a pub lunch in the Shoe at Exton. Contact Jane by Thursday 11 April to confirm details
Wed 24 April Isle of Wight - Tea shop walk Meet for 1.00pm start 5 miles Easy Pace
Starting at Chessell Pottery Cafe car park. A circular walk of 5 miles leading up to Brook Down. Some road walking. Opportunity of cup of tea at Chessell Pottery at end of walk.
Sat 27 April Winchester, Itchen Way and Downs Meet for 10:00 start (Winchester) or Meet for 11:30 start (Hockley Viaduct) 10 miles Or 6.5 miles Moderate Pace
This walk gives the option of starting at Winchester station at 10am, or a shorter loop joining near Hockley viaduct south of Winchester at 11.30. We will follow the Itchen Way detouring over St Catherine’s Hill before Hockley Viaduct, and then south to Shawford for an early lunch. Options include picnic on the hillside, tea room or pub. After lunch we ascend Shawley Down, circuit Compton Down and descend WhiteShute ridge with views over Winchester, to the ancient St Cross for tea. The short walk returns to the viaduct, and the longer walk joins the Clarendon Way back into Winchester.
Sat 11 May Pilgrim’s Way Part 4 Farnham to Guildford Linear Walk Meet 10:15
for a 10:30 start
11.5 miles Picnic lunch Moderate pace
Part 4 of the Pilgrims Way. We largely follow the North Downs Way through Seale and Puttenham. There are buses and trains for the return to the start so several options for you to plan your homeward trip. Hopefully time for tea and cake at the end of the walk. Please contact Linda for more details and to book for this walk.
Sat 18 May West Wight: Tennyson Down (ferry linked) Meet at Yarmouth Quay on IOW, approx. 10.45 depending on ferry times Up to 9.5 miles. Picnic lunch. Optional evening meal
Look for others on Wightlink ferry to Yarmouth IOW from Lymington Pier. Angela will meet the group at Yarmouth Quay. Note for those coming by car it is cheaper to park at Brockenhurst, and get the train to Lymington Pier. Bus to Totland Memorial for walk over Headon Warren to Alum Bay. Those who wish can stay on bus for Alum Bay. Walk to Needles Battery (NT) for picnic stop depending on timing and along High Down/Tennyson Down to Freshwater Bay, taking in glorious views (hopefully). Time to paddle. To Café or Angela’s family home St Crispin (PO40 9BH) for tea, then walk along railway track by river to Yarmouth (a lift may be available). Route may vary depending on weather. Optional evening meal at Yarmouth. Contact Angela nearer the time for details of ferry times and by 10 May to book evening meal.
Wed 22 May Tea shop walk – Fishlake Meadows, Romsey Meet 1:15
for 1:30 start
3-4 miles Easy Pace
Circular walk into and around the new Fishlake Meadows nature reserve where we should see or hear up to 3 different reed warblers and possible sighting of an otter amongst other wildlife. Tea stop at Romsey World of Water en route.
7-10 June Walking weekend
Walking weekend at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford
Wed 19 June
cancelled
Tea shop walk – Totton to Eling Tide Mill 1.15 for
1.30 start
3 miles Easy pace
Cancelled
Short walk through the town to Bartley Water, towpath and reedbeds, marshes. Around the cemetery and church to Goatee Beach. Stop at Eling Tide Mill. Tea shop before returning along the other side of the water to the car park.
Sat 22 June Isle of Wight Wroxall Meet 10:30
for 10:45 start
2.5 and 4.5miles Pub or picnic lunch
Through to Shanklin on the old railway track 2.5 miles. This part of the walk is flat so anyone can do it. Lunch in Shanklin cafe, pub or picnic. Those who want to leave here can catch the no 3 bus back to Wroxall . We then go through to Luccombe through the land slip and back to Ventnor sea front for tea.4.5miles. Those who want to walk back to Wroxall can do others can catch the bus to collect their cars. My advice would be to park their cars in Ventnor in the morning and catch the bus to Wroxall for £2.50 buses run from Ventnor Boots at 28 minutes past the hour and 2 minutes to the hour. Please contact Chandra for more details.
Sat 29 June Lymington Meet 10.15
for 10.30 am start
7.5 or 10miles Picnic lunch Easy pace
Circular walk from Lymington to Keyhaven - extension to Hurst Castle for those who wish. Main walk 7.5 miles, extension 2.5 miles. If doing the extension then walking along shingle to the end of Hurst Spit and then can catch ferry back to Keyhaven (£3.50 single fare). Easy , flat walk, much of it along the sea wall. Drinks at The Gun, Keyhaven or Tea Room, Hurst Castle. It is possible to leave cars at Brockenhurst Railway Station (£2 per day) and then catch a train to Lymington Town Railway Station arriving in time for the start of the walk.
Sat 13 July Isle of Wight Nightjar walk Meet 7:00pm pub
or 9:00 pm car park
2.5 miles preceded by optional pub dinner
An evening stroll to hear, and hopefully watch, the nightjars on Mottistone Common. Join us for our evening meal at The Sun Inn, Hulverstone or go directly to the car park at the lower end of Strawberry lane. The walk is a gentle gradient and we will spend about 30 minutes watching for the birds. 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 may swoop to investigate. Please note, you are unlikely to return home much before 11:00 pm. Contact Dawn by 6 June to book meal, or to let her know to look for you in the car park.
Sun 14 July Sea Sunday at Warsash Meet 15.45
for 16:00 start
4.5 miles Pub meal Easy pace
Worship and celebrate Hampshire’s maritime connections by singing "Eternal Father, strong to save" (The Royal Naval hymn written at Winchester). Meet at Warsash 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 18.30 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 19.30. Please let Mark know by Tuesday 9 July if you are coming.
Sat 20 July Social - barbeque and swim - Catherington From 2.00 pm n/a
From 2 pm, come and swim (or just relax in the garden) at Rachel's house. From about 5 pm, 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.
Sat 27 July Test Way Mottisfont to Romsey Meet at Romsey station for 10:59 train to Mottisfont 7 miles Picnic lunch Moderate Pace
This linear walk largely follows the Test Way from Mottisfont and Dunbridge station (arr 11.04, £3) to Romsey. We catch the train first from Romsey to Mottisfont and walk back along the Test Way into Romsey. At the end there should be the opportunity to visit the abbey and to stop for tea. Bring a picnic lunch.
Sat 10 Aug Joint Hampshire and Surrey Walk Meet 9.45
for 10:00 start
11.5 miles Picnic lunch Moderate Pace
Meet at Barnham Railway Station (PO22 0ER). There is free parking on main road and side roads nearby. Walk south to join old canal path, head west to cross A29, pass through Colworth, cross A259 and reach B2166. Walk south-east through countryside to Aldwick and then joining the coast (swim in sea option) to Bognor Regis and then to train station. Return by train to Barnham (price £2.80) Picnic lunch with tea shop near or at end of walk.
Sat 10 Aug Isle of Wight -The Peeping Pepper Pot Meet 9:45
for 10:00 am start
5.5 miles, medium / hard pace pub lunch
Free parking in the viewpoint car park above Blackgang Chine. Fairly steep climb to the Pepper Pot. Please let Marilyn know by 3 August so she can book lunch at the Wight Mouse Inn Chale.
Sat 31 Aug Isle of Wight - Niton Meet 10.15 for 10:30 start. 4 miles Pub lunch
We meet at the Post Office, Niton High Street. There is usually plenty of kerbside parking in the village. The route has a variety of scenery to enjoy made up of coastal path, farmland, bridleways and footpaths. We can see the top of St Catherine's Lighthouse, sea views and interesting information boards with details about the area. We also visit the village of Whitwell. There is one stile to cross and a few inclines and the walk is described as 'moderate'. Please let Ann know if you require pub lunch before 24 August.
Sat 31 Aug Sarisbury and Locks Heath Meet 10:00
for 10:15 start
9 miles Picnic lunch Moderate pace
Distances are similar for morning and afternoon. In the morning, we walk to Sarisbury on new paths to return via Lower Swanwick and the River Hamble. We have our picnic by the Holly Hill Lakes. In the afternoon, we make extensive use of tarmacked greenways. Any who want a shorter afternoon walk can branch off to the Locks Heath Centre to look at the shops whilst waiting for the main walkers to circle round. We have tea together at Waitrose before seeing Coldeast Mansion on the way back.
Wed 11 Sept Tea Shop walk – Titchfield canal Meet 10:15
for 10:30 start
5 miles Cafe lunch Easy pace
We walk along the river to the village centre before going down South Street and making our way to the coast via farmland. We lunch at Titchfield Haven Visitors’ Centre (jacket potatoes are available as well as other food). We enjoy fine Solent views before walking back along the canal. People can follow Mark in their cars to see the outside of the Waypoint Church extension in Titchfield Common.
Sat 21 Sept Brockenhurst Park and Roydon Woods Meet 10:15
for 10:30 start
9 miles Picnic lunch Moderate pace
A flat walk, mainly forest tracks and paths. We will visit St Nicholas Church, the oldest church in the New Forest, mentioned in the Domesday Book, and walk through ancient New Forest woodland. At the end of the walk we hope to visit a tea shop in Brockenhurst
Wed 2 Oct Tea Shop walk – Braishfield Meet 13.15
for 13:30 start
3.4-4.5 miles Easy Pace
This includes part of the Monarchs Way around the old village of Braishfield. A 3/4 mile stretch of gravel path has "a glowing beauty" on a sunny autumn day! We will finish at the Braishfield Pantry for tea and cake.
Oct 5 Oct Isle of Wight Bembridge Beach Explorer [Ferry Linked for serious walkers] Stuart George Meet 10.45
for 11.00 start
4-5 miles Pub lunch Easy pace
Meet at Bembridge Windmill, then mostly along beach or coastal path so largely flat but gentle hill at end of walk. Please contact Stuart by 28 Sept especially to book meal at the Crab and Lobster and if coming from the mainland. Medium pace. Mainlanders can catch the 9:15 Wight Ryder from Portsmouth and train to Brading for a brisk 2 mile walk to Bembridge Windmill. Transport back to the ferry terminal will be provided.
Sat 2 Nov Social Evening – Photobook Preview Meet at 4pm 2-3 miles weather permitting
Gosport. Further details in the winter programme.
Sat 7 Dec Christmas walk and meal
Details in the winter programme
Sat 14 Dec IOW Christmas Meal plus planning meeting 1:00 pm Walk
3:00 pm planning
5:00 pm meal
Short walk dependent on weather
Meet at 1:00pm, Queen’s Bower, for a short walk. Return for planning / party games followed by meal. Please bring £6 for the meal plus a bottle. Confirm attendance and any food issues by 7 Dec to allow for meal planning
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