Saturday 23rd June
15 miles, Circular Strenuous 10:30 Paul GU32 3EE
Meeting point: Petersfield train station
Starting at the pretty Hampshire town of Petersfield we head off south on the Hangers Way through open fields to the small village of Buriton where we will pick up the South Downs Way. From here we head east though Queen Elizabeth County Park (stopping at the visitors centre for the loos). After a brief stop we will stay on the South Downs Way as it takes us north up and around Buster Hill with excellent views over the surrounding countryside. We will stop for a picnic lunch before we head over farmland and turn east to the small village of Stroud where we will be stopping at the pub for drinks only. After the pub stop we continue over the countryside to the foot of the Shoulder of Mutton Hill we here join the Hangers Way back to Petersfield.
We are also doing a 'sister' walk at the same time which is a more challenging 27.5 miles and starts at 9am from the same location. See this link.
Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.
Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.
Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.
All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.