We stayed in the village of west meon chosen because it had a shop a pub a cafe and most important a bus service between petersfield and winchester giving a good base for travel to and from sections of the south downs way between harting and winchester there was no bus service on a sunday in 2014 so this walk is a short circular route taking in a few miles of the south downs way. A prominent iron age hill fort once home to a celtic chieftain illustrates the long relationship between man and the downs and was apparently constructed some 2500 years ago take the bridleway to the fort on the gravel track and take time to walk round the earthworks and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the meon valley. This guidebook describes 20 tried and tested walks exploring the meon river valley area in southern hampshire the river meon is one of hampshires quintessential chalk streams it rises from natural springs in the south downs near to the village of east meon. The beautiful meon valley offers a wealth of things to do including some fantastic walks including many from right outside the front door of the thomas lord there is the lovely 10 mile meon valley railway line walk which follows the bed of the former meon valley railway and offers pretty views over the nearby towns villages and countryside. Buy family walks in hampshire in and around the meon valley by murray louis isbn 9781850589303 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders
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