Four Scenic Circular Walks in the South Downs

  1. East Meon

This 8 mile circular walk as recommended by The National Trust is not to be missed. You’ll begin outside the parish church dating back to around 1075.

From here you ascend hills and will be greeted with wonderful views before descending and finding yourself strolling through shaded woodlands.

You’ll walk through golden cornfields and pass sheep grazing on the hillsides.

With a compass in hand and the map on your phone following this route is fairly straight forwards. Make sure to keep your place on the map and you will be able to find the way.

We spotted some blackberries ripening and decided to stop to pick some! Part of the walk is along the renowned South Downs Way National Path.

Allow yourself 2.5 -3.5 hours for this walk, no need to rush it as there is so much to see and enjoy. There are also cafes on route if you wish to take a break.

2. Ashford Hangers National Nature Reserve

Set your Sat Nav to Ashford Hangers National Nature Reserve, GU26 6DB. You’ll find yourself on a bumpy gravel track. Fear not vehicles are allowed down here. There is space along the side of the track where you can leave your car. Watch out for the ditches!

Signposts will guide you along footpaths, through trees and to the Shoulder of Mutton (a spectacular look out point). There is a bench conveniently situated here providing the perfect place for a picnic.

We spent an hour and half meandering through the woods and following various footpaths. This walk is leisurely with a low chance of getting lost. Take your compass and phone just in case!

3. Devils Humps

This delightful walk has an interesting history, situated under four mounds are the remains of skeletons thought to be dated back to the early bronze age.

Begin at the Stoughton Down Hill car park and take the path through alongside the golden fields.

You will journey through Yew forests ascending and descending rolling hills.

Along the way you’ll reach spectacular look out points.

On a clear day you can see on for miles across the gorgeous countryside.

4. Funtington

Get lost in Funtington following the numerous footpaths in the area. There are local farm shops to visit selling local produce.

When walking on the country roads make sure to face the traffic. Stick to the right hand side of the road unless turning round corners. This way vehicles can see you.

What are your favourite walks in the South Downs?

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