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Stage 4: New Alresford to Soberton — Wayfarer's Walk

Stage 4: New Alresford to Soberton — Wayfarer's Walk

Difficult
06:26
15.0 mi
2.3 mph
825 ft
925 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
47 yd
421 yd
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Watercress Line

Hiking Highlight

3.48 mi
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Church of Saint Michael

Hiking Highlight

4.99 mi
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Church of All Saints

Hiking Highlight

5.02 mi
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Hinton Ampner

Hiking Highlight

15.0 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 2.59 mi
Path: 3.08 mi
Footpath: 6.24 mi
Street: 1.37 mi
Road: 1.71 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 161 yd
Unpaved: 10.3 mi
Gravel: < 109 yd
Paved: 1.04 mi
Asphalt: 1.99 mi
Unknown: 1.54 mi

Weather Forecast

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Dan Hobson planned a hike.

May 21, 2020

Comments

  • Dan Hobson

    You step into the stunning South Downs National Park on this stage to explore picturesque villages, historic architecture and idyllic countryside.

    Upping the ante ever-so-slightly, the penultimate stage is 15 miles (24.1 km) long with 825 feet (251 m) of uphill and 925 feet (282 m) of downhill.

    You start by hiking through New Alresford — passing St John’s, an elegant church in the heart of town, and admiring old steam locomotives as you cross the Watercress Line — and leave the pretty Georgian town to the south.

    At Cheriton village, you pass the Grade I-listed Church of Saint Michael and cross the boundary into the South Downs National Park. You then follow a tarmac road across the A272 and continue to Hinton Ampner, where you find a stunning country house and another pretty church.

    The trail heads south through fields, cuts through Kilmeston village, rises to the downs once again and intersects with the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath. (To see my Collection on the Monarch’s Way, click here: komoot.com/collection/911739/conquer-the-longest-inland-trail-in-england-monarchs-way-part-1).

    It is then a long and gradual descent into Droxford village, where you pick-up the course of the River Meon to the finish in Soberton. There are a couple of places to stay in the village. As the White Lion pub serves food and drink and has accommodation, it is a great choice for an overnight stay.

    • August 20, 2020

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Stage 4: New Alresford to Soberton — Wayfarer's Walk