Stage 4: New Alresford to Soberton — Wayfarer's Walk
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
May 21, 2020
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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