Old Winchester Hill Circuit — South Downs
komoot planned a hike.
April 10, 2019
The abundant wildlife, exceptional beauty and ancient history you experience on this route make it a real South Downs classic.
From the car park, cross the road and join the South Downs Way. Follow the national trail over Salt Hill and take the footpath to the right, just before the cluster of trees and step onto Small Down.
From the ridge summit of Small Down you are afforded superb views over the sleepy village of East Meon, the upper Meon Valley and across Butser Hill in the east.
When you reach the road, head right and take the footpath on the left, across from Duncoombe Farm. Follow the footpath for a short while and rejoin the South Downs Way, which you follow all the way into Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve.
This chalk grassland that forms this nature reserve is home to many different species of wildlife. In the summertime, the reserve is exceptionally beautiful; bursting into color and fragrance as wild thyme, squinancywort, clustered bellflower, salad burnet, horseshoe vetch and restharrow thrive. It is a great place to spot birds, too, including red kite, buzzard, kestrel and lots more.
From the nature reserve, it is a short step to the summit. Set amid one of the most beautiful landscapes of the South Downs, Old Winchester Hill Iron Age hillfort is a wonderful place to explore and affords incredible views over the surrounding countryside.
From Old Winchester Hill, you follow Monarch’s Way until the road. Head right along the road and follow it back to the starting point.
April 11, 2019
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