Wether Down and Old Winchester Hill

Views to Butser Hill © Mark Percy
South Downs Way near East Meon © Anthony Brunning
Approaching Old Winchester Hill © Paul and Karen Larcombe

On a clear day the views on this walk are splendid, when the wind is blowing keep a hold of your hat. From Wether Down the South Downs Way drops through a leafy lane to Coombe Cross before climbing to Old Winchester Hill via Whitewool Farm.

Old Winchester Hill

Old Winchester Hill hillfort enclosure consists of a simple bank and ditch built in the 1st millennium BC but there are a number of earlier, Bronze Age, burial mounds within the interior. Outside the western entrance to the hillfort there are further barrows of Bronze Age date but here these are grouped around an even earlier long barrow.

On a fine day the views from the summit are breathtaking. As the hill has been grazed for centuries it is a very good butterfly site. It has benefited from the protection afforded in 1951 when it was designated an SSSI and a National Nature Reserve.

The Sustainability Centre

In an idyllic setting on the South Downs ridge above East Meon, the Sustainability Centre is spread across 55 acres of woodland and natural chalk downland. The Centre aims to educate, enable and inspire people from all walks of life to make positive changes to the way they live and work. The Centre welcomes families and schools; professionals and special interest groups; walkers and cyclists on the South Downs Way; children and young people; and simply anyone with an interest in what they do.

Hampshire Cottages

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