Northney ramble

L Leisurely
: Christopher Marsh : 07840 957715
Meeting at the car park by Hayling bridge just after the Apple green service station car park, follow footpaths of Northney for a walk and stopping at The farm tea rooms for a coffee/cake stop. Then a short walk back to the car park. Dogs welcome but on lead as appropriate. Havant train station but regular bus service 30/31 from bus station near Train. Boots advised as likely to be muddy.
: Car park
: The Limes Regents Ct, Havant PO9 1ST Head south on Langstone Rd/A3023 towards Woodbury Ave Continue to follow A3023 1.3 mi 258 Havant Rd Hayling Island PO11 0LP
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: 254A Havant Rd, Hayling Island PO11 0LW, UK
: Andy Nash : 07963 588482
A hilly walk on the South Downs, offering great views and some Bronze Age barrow mounds.
: Kingley Car Park, on minor road to north-east of Stoughton
: Most people will be approaching from the south. Follow the road through Walderton and Stoughton, then continue another mile to the major road bend, where you will see the large car park. I'm happy to offer lifts from Fareham.
: SU815126
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: Unnamed Road, Chichester PO18 9JG, UK
: Dominic Mann : 07826 337158
A wander in the North Wessex Downs with views from the tops. Starting from The Jack Russell Inn in Fraccombe we will head up to Pilot Hill (highest point in Hampshire). From there we will cross the border into Berkshire ascending it's county top of Walbury Hill. We will then join the start of the Test Way at Inkpen Hill and head South back to Fraccombe for refreshments at the pub.
: The Jack Russell Inn, Fraccombe (Please park in the overflow car park which is across the road from the pub)
: The Jack Russell, Netherton Hill, Andover, SP11 0DS
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: Netherton Hill, Andover SP11 0DS, United Kingdom
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
2-4-1 cocktails and awesome food, what more can you want? Booking essential - if you cannot book using the website, please contact me - cut off date 1st March. Menu can be perused here -
: Turtle Bay Winchester, Unit 2-4, Sunley House, St George’s Street, Winchester, SO23 8BG
: Short walk from station or carpark near station - free after 6 though please check signs
: SU480295
: 51.0634357759676,-1.3161224126816
: 4 St George's St, Winchester SO23 8BG, UK
: Darren Page : 07763 476585
A circular walk in the Vale of Pewsey, taking in Milk Hill: the highest point in Wiltshire. Bring a packed lunch. There will be a pub stop part way round.
: Martinsell car park
: SU183645
: 51.3792724797636,-1.7375562221368
: Unnamed Road, Marlborough SN8, UK
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
A short walk around Netley and Queen Vic country park. This is a circular route starting and ending at Netley train-station, where there is free but limited parking, please get the train or car share if possible.
: Netley Trains-station - SO31 5AY
: Postcode - SO31 5AY
: SU464085
: 50.8748778599027,-1.3418769836426
: 35 The Badgers, Netley, Southampton SO31 5PT, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
As combinations go, booze and breakfast has to be one of my favourites! Come and enjoy a bottomless brunch in Southampton, £25 will get you a choice of breakfast and two hours of unlimited prosecco, mimosas and bloody marys. Menu can be viewed here - - you can of course join us and just order off the normal breakfast menu if drinking is not your thing. As it's St Patrick's day, we could maybe turn this into a bar crawl afterwards.
: All Bar One West Quay Unit 4 Level 3 Watermark, West Quay, Southampton, SO15 1QE
: Parking can be found in the city centre, or for those drinking the restaurant is not too far from the Central train station. All bar one doesn't show on the map below so I dropped the pin opposite.
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: Masonic Hall, Albion Pl, Southampton SO14 2DD, UK

The Double Gutbuster

S Strenuous
: Dominic Mann : 07826 337158
Starting at Old Winchester Hill we will traverse the South Downs to Butser Hill (second highest point in Hampshire) before returning via the Bat & Ball pub. Please bring a packed lunch. Note that if the weather is very poor the route may be shortened.
: Old Winchester Hill Car Park
: Take the A32 to Warnford. Opposite The George and Falcon Pub in Warnford turn into Hayden Lane and continue for 2 miles until you see the sign “Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve” which leads into the car park. (Nearest postcode: GU32 1HW)
: SU645214
: 50.9884137063525,-1.0813920695437
: S Downs Way SO32, UK
Booking required
: Andy Nash : 07963 588482
Tonight we're going to a barn dance! We've been attending these for years and if you haven't done it before they're always good fun - no experience necessary. I will block-book tickets for anyone who's reserved by Wednesday 14th March . . . I strongly recommend this as sometimes they sell out. After that you can book online at, or just turn up on the night and chance it. Standard price is £12 but it's £8 for students and £6 for children. You can pay on the door whether you've pre-booked or not. Bring your own drink and nibbles, but water will be available. As for clothing, something light and comfortable is best (you will get warm!). It's also best to wear trainers or similar. Let me know if you have any queries.
: The Hilt, Chandlers Ford
: SU432221
: 50.9974702603571,-1.3855285942554
: Unnamed Road, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh SO53 1LN, UK

Finchdean Hike

L Leisurely
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
A 7 mile walk around the Hamlet of Finchdean taking in St Hubert's Church in Idsworth, an early medieval church with some stunning 14th century wall paintings. This area is steeped in history having been first settled by the Saxons. Parking is free in the George Inn who have kindly allowed us to use it in exchange for us going for a drink at the end. There will not be a proper lunch stop but feel free to bring snacks.
: The George Inn Ashcroft Ln, Finchdean, Waterlooville PO8 0AU
: PO8 0AU
: SU738127
: 50.909108281665,-0.9515190124512
: Unnamed Road, Rowlands Castle, Waterlooville PO8 0AU, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
Lets go for a curry! Kohinoor in Portswood, is the top rated curry house in all of Southampton, so promises to be good. Booking essential, please let me know if you wish to come along!
: Kohinoor 2 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2NH
: Closest station is St Deny's, for parking I would suggest the road by Ceno's SO17 1AQ, Shaftebury Avenue off of Highfield lane or use the large Sainsbury's but do check the parking rules.
: SU427141
: 50.9253146239808,-1.393096446991
: 2 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2NH, UK
: Tim B : 07796 371694
Inspired by numerous Dorset folk songs, we'll meet in the village hall car park in Stourpaine, then walk southwest to Ibberton via Durweston and Coombe Bottom. We'll pick up the ancient Wessex Ridgeway over Bell Hill to Shillingstone, then loop around Child Okeford manor, before walking through the rich and ancient history of Hambledon Hill and Hod Hill. For interest, the total ascent on this walk is 2495ft. Please bring a packed lunch, we will have a well-earned drink in the pubafter the walk.
: Village Hall Car park in Stourpaine
: Take the A350 west from Blandford and turn left at the pub in Stourpaine.
: ST858095
: 50.8851739604116,-2.203163249726
: 1 Hod Dr, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum DT11 8TJ, UK
: Tim B : 07796 371694
This walk takes in the rural beauty of Hook and the seascapes of the Solent in a 9.5 mile circular walk from the Meon valley. We'll stop part way round for lunch on the beach, bring a packed lunch!
: Thatchers Copse Car Park, Meon Valley
: From the M27 take junction 9 and follow the A27 towards Fareham. At the roundabout after the Eaton Factory take the 3rd exit onto St. Margarets Lane. At the T-junction turn left then take the first road on your right. At the isolated group of houses there is a sharp right-hand corner followed by a sharp left-hand corner. The car park is about 50 yards after the left-hand corner.
: SU528037
: 50.8306178556956,-1.2502473592758
: Meon Road, Titchfield PO14 4HH, United Kingdom
Booking required
: Nicola Vincett : 07786 667228
Hattingley Valley Wines will host a private (!) group tour for us at 2pm, provided I can confirm by 28 February (with deposit) that at least 10 people (up to 20 people can be accommodated) will join the tour at £15pp. The tour will consist of a brief history of commercial English Wines; the Hattingley Valley Story; a tour of the winery where they will explain how sparkling wine is made – from grape to glass; a tasting in their comfortable tasting room from the range of award-winning sparkling wines that they produce and the chance to purchase wine at cellar door pricing. There is ample parking there so we could complete a circular walk starting from the winery in the morning or leave the cars at home and walk from say Hook to the winery and arrange group taxis back home to local stations. Please can you e-mail me to confirm you would like to come by 28 February and I will send my bank details to cover the ticket price which I will pay as a deposit.
: Hattingley Valley Wines, Wield Yard, Lower Wield, Alresford SO24 9AJ
: SU633398
: 51.1545378277085,-1.0949304147896
: Unnamed Road, Alresford SO24, UK

West Wight

M Moderate
: Tim B : 07796 371694
Take in the beautiful western end of the Isle of Wight on this 12 mile walk around the Western end of the Island. This walk has it all, priceless yachts, open land, woods, clifftop downs, and is dripping in history to boot! The meet time is at Yarmouth, I'll leave it to you to decide how to get there. Lunch will be on Tennyson Down, bring a packed lunch with you! Total ascent on this walk is 1280ft.
: Yarmouth Ferry Terminal
: We'll be on the East (ferry) side of the harbour offices.
: SZ352896
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: A3054, Yarmouth PO41 0NL, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
A weekend away in Sussex. This is in conjunction with the 1066 Country Walk which is on the calendar and being tackled in two parts over the weekend. We will be staying at the beginning of the walk in a Chalet at Pevensey Bay Holiday park. The cost for 6 of us will be £56 each for the 3 nights, this would go down slightly if a couple took the double bed bringing the number up to 7; I have free cancellation up until 2nd April so there's no risk of being stuck with an unwanted bigger bill. Accommodation details here - The plan for the weekend: Friday 3rd May - Head down after work by car or train arriving around 19:30, go to a local pub for dinner. Saturday 4th May - Walk 15 miles Pevensey to Battle, if there's time look around Battle Abbey and the battlefield, having dinner in Battle before heading back on the train to Pevensey. Sunday 5th May - Train to Battle to take up the route and complete the last 15 miles of the walk, Battle to Rye, choice of either dinner in Rye or back to the chalet to cook a group meal. Train back to Pevensey. Monday 6th May - check out, explore the castle at Pevensey if it takes your fancy or Battle Abbey if didn't have time on the Saturday, or whatever you fancy instead. You do not have to be on the trip to join the walks, as all start and stop points are served by rail stations well linked back to Hampshire.
: Eastbourne Road Pevensey BN24 6DH
: Use the post code BN24 6DH for the sat nav - also very close to Pevensey Bay Station
: TQ647032
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: Cannon Camp Site, Pevensey Bay, Pevensey BN24 6DT, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
In 1066 Duke of Normandy, William 'the Bastard' landed on the English Southcoast seeking to claim the English throne. He ravaged the land to draw King Harold into battle quickly, whilst he was still spent from defeating his brother at Stamford Bridge near York; it worked. After hearing of Harold's march south, William gathered his forces at Pevensey before marching to meet him at what would become the town of Battle. We follow his footsteps through ancient villages, rolling hills and woodland along the 1066 country walk. This event requires booking so I know who is coming and is part of the 1066 Bank Holiday weekend trip. If your not on the trip you can still join us. I just need to know.
: BN24 5LE Pevensey Castle (we will get the train to Pevensey Bay 1/2 mile away)
: BN24 5LE
: TQ645047
: 50.8192217888455,0.3341388702393
: Church Ln, Pevensey BN24 5LF, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
The second leg of the 1066 Country Walk! This walk requires booking to arrange travel (easily done by train) his event requires booking so I know who is coming and is part of the 1066 Bank Holiday weekend trip. If your not on the trip you can still join us. (All stations lead back to Hampshire£ I just need to know.
: Battle Abbey TN33 0AD - parking charges apply £4.50 all day - Battle train-station close by.
: TN33 0AD
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: 1 High St, Battle TN33, UK
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
This was the first ever walk I led for the group! Enjoy a lay in and then join me at midday for a leisurely stroll around this pretty part of the New forest. If you're lucky you you may hear a cuckoo or two. Afterwards we will go for drinks in the 'Empress of Blandings', an excellent pub where I will also be having my dinner (it does AMAZING gammon) and you're welcome to join me. This walk is only short and is excellent for new members to try out the group. Parking can be limited so please car share if you can.
: There is lay buy with parking just off the A31 (Romsey Road) SO40 2PB - right outside the C of E Copythorne Infant School
: A31, just off the M27 use post code SO40 2PB
: SU308148
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: A31, Southampton SO40 2PB, UK
: Tim B : 07796 371694
Not quite a beach walk, but you might want a swim afterwards! We'll follow the coast north, then cut accross to Birdham Pool and follow the Chichester Ship Canal to Hunston. From there we walk (roughly) south to Sidlesham, then southwest to Bracklesham to head seaward again before a long beach walk back to West Wittering. The total ascent is 348ft. This is a long walk but it's really flat.
: Meet at the shops in West Wittering Car Park
: Follow the signs to the Witterings from Chichester, then follow West Wittering / Beach.
: SZ767982
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: Unnamed Road, West Wittering, Chichester PO20 8AT, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
Longest day and the longest walk - this is a real challenge walking the entire 30 miles of the Itchen way (the website only goes up to 27). Good boots and walking clothes are essential as is bringing plenty of water and food. There is no pressure to complete the walk and there are opportunities to end at Winchester, Shawford and Eastleigh. Booking is needed for this walk for pacing reasons and to try and for arranging transport to Cheriton so we don't have to worry about cars. I will also try to organise for those taking trains, even if it means joining us later on.
: Cheriton Village - rough post code SO24 0QA - though I plan to try and arrange transport to the start so we don't have to worry about cars
: Rough postcode SO24 0QA - though I plan to try and arrange transport to the start so we don't have to worry about cars
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: 1 The Passage, Cheriton, Alresford SO24 0PX, UK
Booking required
: Dominic Mann : 07826 337158
Long weekend away based at a cottage in the village of Rhyd-Ddu on the Western side of Snowdonia. Snowdon itself via the Rhyd-Ddu path is on our doorstep along with the Welsh Highland Railway. The long weekend will run from Friday to Monday and will be co-led between myself and Andy Lock so plenty of options of walks and activities will be available. There will be walks led by either Andy or myself on each of the days possibly including an ascent of Snowdon and an exploratory linear walk in Western Snowdonia. Also there will be the additional option to enter any of the events that are occurring over the weekend in nearby Llanberis: For swimmers on the Saturday morning there is the Big Welsh Swim occurring at Llyn Padarn lake - I have already entered this and can provide transport to the start. For runners on the Sunday there is the Snowdonia trail 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon - You may need to make your own way there if entering. You will need to organise your own entry to these events and you undertake them at your own risk as specified in the event details on the respective websites. The accommodation is a large cottage with 2 doubles, a triple and a twin. We therefore have the option to accommodate 9 in total if the mix is suitable however at present I have set registration to 7. There is also additional accommodation if there is sufficient interest. The cost for the 3 nights will approximately be between £75 and £95 per person however this depends on final numbers. I will provide further information about the weekend upon registration, also you may wish to stay longer in the area and there are a number of options but you will need to book this yourself.
: Chapel House, Rhyd-Ddu.
: Rhyd-Ddu lies on the A4085 between Beddgelert and Caernarfon. The cottage is along the lane opposite the Cwellyn Arms pub.
: SH569529
: 53.0542695275491,-4.1353737999191
: 1 Glanfa, Rhyd-Ddu, Caernarfon LL54 6TF, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
A long weekend (arriving Friday eve) camping in the New Forest, staying on site at the New Forest Water Park. This excellent campsite and water activity centre boats a total wipe out themed water course, cable wake boarding, kayaking and paddle boarding, as well as swimming in the lake. I will also be leading a walk on the Sunday and would appreciate if anyone could lead walks Saturday or Monday. Cost for camping is £45 pp for the whole weekend (not for pitch). More details can be found here. - If you would like to come please let me know by filling in this google form . At the end of April I will make the first round of bookings and then anyone that wants to join after I will do on a case by case basis.
: New Forest Water Park - Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge Hampshire SP6 2EY
: Sat Nav SP6 2EY
: SU153108
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: Ringwood Rd, Fordingbridge SP6 2EY, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
5 days (Monday to Friday) away, in a lovely coattage ( nestled in the Brecon Beacons just when the autumn colours are starting to really kick off. We will be doing routes of the newly re-established heritage route ‘The St Thomas Way’ which has been re-imagined as a series of short circular walks. (More info at the routes we have an option of tackling are Patrishow, Abergavenny, Raglan, Usk, Longtown and Hereford - there may also be a chance of doing two in one day depending on weather and speed and for those who fancy something longer the Brecons have many walks on offer. The weather has been extremely mild in October the last few years but rain and cold is always a possibility, the walks on the way are mainly short however and there’s the roaring fire to return to. Cost for the week will be £536 divided between how many of us there are which is up to 10 (12 if we have couples/ people willing to share) a deposit of £30 is needed to confirm your place. Please contact me for payment details. This walk has been advertised to other young ramblers groups too, so maybe a chance to meet other like-minded people from around the country.
: We will arrange cars / I’ll send cottage address to those who have paid full amount nearer the time
: SO240340
: 51.9993727203088,-3.1074615484659
: Unnamed Road, Abergavenny NP7 7NP, UK
Booking required
: Peter Cresswell : 07725 981691
This new year is a big one! The committee invites you to come and see out the decade and welcome in the 20's with us. We are not straying too far this new year so you won't have far to go, yet you'll still get the feeling of getting away from it all, in the South Downs National Park right near Arundel with its magnificent castle. Our base camp will be the National Trusts' Slindon Bunkhouse which sleeps 17 people and boasts a roaring log burning for us to spend the nights round. Full programme will be released nearer the time but you can expect plenty of fun, a New Years Eve Party and of course lots of walking. Cost of the four nights is £90, this may go down slightly if we get a full contingent. To secure your place please pay a deposit of £40 to the group account with the reference " NEW YEARS 2019". Acc no. 20298753 Sort code. 60-83-01
: BN18 0RG
: From the North take the A29 and from Slindon Common follow signs to Slindon. From the South take the A27 and at Fontwell turn on to the A27 then follow signs to Slindon as above. In Slindon go past the College, the turning to the College and National Trust Estate Office and Bunkhouse is on the left. Use post code BN18 0RG - 6 miles from Arundel Station.
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: Nore Wood Ln, Arundel BN18 0RG, UK