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Saturday, 21 December 2019

Saturday Walk - South Downs Way: Hinton Ampner to Winchester ('s famous Christmas Market)

Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 292/312 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10

[Sunset out there will be at 16.00, giving sufficient light for walking to 16.30 at least. And the last 20 minutes or so are along lit streets.]

Take the 08.45 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo (08.52 Clapham J, 09.13 Woking), arrives Petersfield 10.11. From there take Bus 67 Direction Winchester at 10.32 outside the station. The bus arrives Hinton Ampner Park at 11.04. [To while away the time in Petersfield, there is a pub with early opening 2 just minutes away, which serves pretty decent coffees and teas. Or walk to the town square for a wander around the market and take the bus from there at 10.28 (Stop B).]
Return trains: xx.18 to 20.18 (Journey Time 65 minutes), then 22.22. Buy a Fareham Return (that’s where the Portsmouth and Southampton lines meet).

Map-led walk from Hinton Ampner (Park and NT House, Source of the River Itchen). Follow the Wayfarer’s Walk up to the South Downs and turn right along their westerly end with the South Downs Way through high rolling farmland (and past the gloriously named ‘Cheesefoot Head’) towards its official start in the Cathedral City of Winchester, where one of the best Christmas Markets in the UK awaits (closes at 20.00).

For  walk directions, a map, a height profile, gpx/kml files, and photos click here. For a tailor-made gpx, pointing in the right direction, click here. [Right-click and ‘Save Link As…’]

Lunch: The Milbury's in Beauworth (6.1 km/3.8 mi)
Tea: Plenty options in Winchester. T=swc.182.a

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