The Meon Valley Railway Line

River Meon at Meonstoke © Colin Smith
St Mary's Church, Droxford © Trish Steel
Cottages and Houses of Wickham © Richard Thomas

The Meon Valley Railway Line used to stretch from Alton to the Knowle Junction near Fareham. Following its closure in 1955 the track fragmented. There remains a stretch of railway bed from West Meon to the Knowle Junction that can be navigated on bicycle or foot. We start the trail at the car park in West Meon and head south to the Knowle Junction.

From West Meon the trail winds its way through the beautiful Meon Valley passing quaint villages and hamlets along the way. Stop off for refreshments in the many country inns and pubs that can be found a stone's throw from the path. You may of course join the trail at numerous points along the way. As the route is linear, on arrival at Knowle Junction you will need to turn around and retrace your steps.

In the winter months the trail can become very boggy and impassable on two wheels. This is perhaps most noticeable below Old Winchester Hill, from which water drains into the River Meon.

Trail Location

The A32 road runs parallel to the trail until Wickham, providing several access points. The car park at West Meon can be found beside the train line on the southern edge of the village. There is a bus service to West Meon from Winchester and Petersfield.

Hampshire Cottages

Beautiful Hampshire holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of this unique county

Readers' Comments

  • Wed 30 Jan 2019, 19:52
    Pierre Marchant

    We parked twice at the access points at KingsMead. Both times we saw shattered glass from cars that had been broken into. On the third occasion there was a Pokice notice advising of break-ins. We drove on and have not been back. Huge shame.

  • Mon 19 Nov 2018, 07:26

    Graham - you could try contacting the local police reps or Hampshire County Council - see this link.

  • Sun 18 Nov 2018, 21:37
    Graham Page

    Is there a generic place that kind people hand any lost property or found items into on this walk?

  • Wed 24 May 2017, 07:13
    Rob Stanley

    Hi Sanda, a couple of years ago work was done to improve the trail. It is flat of course and when I was there 6 months or so ago the surface was good. The best area is probably the West Meon end where you can park beside the start of the path.

  • Tue 23 May 2017, 13:28

    Is this route wheelchair accesible?

  • Sun 5 Sep 2010, 17:27
    Andrew Lothian

    I've both walked and cycled this route and it is a good fall back. The footing is generally good and less affected by the weather. There are plenty of points to join the route if you don't fancy the whole lot. The Hurdles at Brockbridge is a good lunch stop.