East Meon and Butser Hill
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This trail is a circular walk from the Sustainability Centre to the pretty and historic village of East Meon before climbing to Butser Hill for views to Sussex, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
East Meon is a picturesque and historic village. The 12th century All Saints church was built after the Norman Conquest. Opposite the church is the old Court House, with a medieval hall dating from the late 14th century.
At 271 metres (889 ft) high this chalk hill is one of the highest points in Hampshire and the highest point on the South Downs ridge. On the flat summit there are panoramic views in all directions. The hill was used for growing wheat but now the only farming activity is sheep grazing. Butser Hill National Nature Reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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.
Assuming a constant pace and no stops, typically it will take 2 hours 41 minutes to walk the distance and along the way 722 calories will be burnt.
Bird's Eye View
David LawesFri 20 Jul 2018, 14:35
The dog and I walked on July 17th 2018. Looking at the other comments I can say there was no mud for me! Lots of lovely views and I went after work so caught the sunset. The path was a little narrow and V shaped in parts but we were able to follow the GPX route you provided on my phones so thanks for that. Would recommend.
Rob StanleyWed 29 Mar 2017, 12:48
Hi Dave, it's along well defined bridleways mostly, so easy to follow. However take the map with you. Butser Hill has car parking with a ticket machine. There is a free car park in East Meon so personally I would start the walk from there. If you want to park at the Sustainability Centre you should ask at reception for permission - although I haven't heard of them ever refusing it especially if you use the Beech Cafe while you are there.
DaveTue 28 Mar 2017, 12:57
Can you start this walk at butler hill and is it easy to follow
NadiaTue 7 Mar 2017, 17:30
I've just done this walk today, 07/03/17, with a slight detour as I missed a turn! Ended up being 9.5 miles and took 3 hours and was a really enjoyable walk. Lots of beautiful views along the way but also lots (and lots) of mud! You can park at the sustainability centre as long as they don't have an event on, just get a ticket from reception. My first proper walk to test out my hiking gear, would definitely recommend. Thanks walkandcycle for the route :-)
Sue KellawayMon 29 Feb 2016, 20:40
We walked it today, 29th February 2016. It was very muddy in places, and we started from East Meon walked clockwise to Butser Hill, then along the ridge finishing on Small Down. It was wonderful, amazing views from every hill, and apart from the first mile or so where it was muddy in the valley where we assumed motorbikes had been churning it up at the weekend, it was good walking as long as you had walking boots on! Coffee in the George at East Meon at the end was well receivedtoo.
Clive HarrisSun 14 Apr 2013, 20:02
We walked it on April 14th 2013 - very muddy in a very few parts near Butser, otherwise a terrific walk. We started off at East Meon rather than the Sustainability Centre (... to ensure that there was a pub at the end of the walk). Great views over the Solent and inland across to the Meon Valley, and an interesting walk around a large natural bowl.