Walk 9 – Bridge Over The River Meon
DATE: Tuesday 28 March 2023
START LOCATION: Church Lane, Exton
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DISTANCE: 5 miles
DURATION: 3 hours
Join Mick and his loyal collie Barney on this beautiful circuit along and above the Meon Valley.
Although allied leaders met in the Meon valley to agree D-Day plans, we are pretty confident none of the bridges on this walk were built by prisoners! There might however, be hostilities in the beautiful chalk stream waters beneath your feet as the Meon is famous for its fierce predator: the Brown Trout. Hopefully, as January to March is spawning time, the trout will be otherwise engaged laying eggs in the gravel rather than hunting down small fish and insects.
As you head in the direction of Beacon Hill you might also catch sight of a much bigger fish…..one very clearly out of water. Keep your eyes peeled!
Exton is where the excellent Shoe Inn is located, so why not plan a drink/lunch at the pub afterwards.
Numbers are limited on this walk due to the relatively small area for parking.
The Friends of the South Downs was founded in 1923 to fight proposed development on the Downs. They are the only membership organisation dedicated to conserving and enhancing the beauty and amenities of the South Downs National Park. Throughout the year they organise over 200 interesting and varied guided walks and strolls which stretch across the whole of the national park. This extensive programme caters for different levels of fitness and interests. By refurbishing sections of the South Downs Way and replacing worn out stiles with kissing gates, they also work to improve access to the South Downs, while carefully designed benches provide an opportunity to take in the wonderful views.