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Trails to Warsash Part 8 - Warsash to West Meon the interesting way

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So the sun is shining so here is the next chapter in the “Trails to Warsash” series. This time is 37 miles to West Meon via hundred acres wood.

I start from the Warsah Cycles Workshop in Dibles Road going east. Straight across at the junction with Fleet End Road and along the bridal path to Warsash Road where I continue east to the Holiday Inn roundabout. Straight across towards the dump and first right into Friary Meadow (photo 1). Just after the barrier you will find a gravel track that takes you to the fisherman’s rest. Turn right onto Fishers Hill, over the bridge and immediately left onto a gravel tract (photo 2). This follow this bridal-way all the way up the hill (it’s bumpy) past Henry Court school through over two roads and eventually down a step slope that takes you to an motorway under pass (photo 3). This is the old railway line that takes you to Knowle.

Carry along this path until you see the road and turn left over the railway foot bridge up a hill to some houses (note, this is a foot path so you must dismount photo 4). Continue through Knowle Village heading to the A32 junction.

At the A32, turn left for about 100 meters and cut across the A32 into Forest Lane by the old pub (photo 5). I love this track. Follow this track with out deviating through a gate (photo 6) hugging the farm fields, and down to the junction with Bere Farm Lane and right along to the Boarhunt and the Southwick Road. Right at the junction and then first left into Trampers Lane.

Carry on along Trampers Lane until you find the entrance to 100 Acres wood (Photo 7). This is a steep uphill path that will get your heart pounding. The path ends at the road where you do a left, cross the road into Bere Forest (photo 8). Make your way through Bere Forest to the north cap park where you cross the road (photo 9) and head down hill to the Wickham Railway line (photo 10). Turn right on to the railway line and then it’s eight miles straight to the end at West Meon (photo 11) down into the village, round the S bend, into the High Street where you will find the West Meon village shop and Cuppachino’s cycle cafe (photo 12). This is where I met a lovely lady cyclist from Lee on Solent and then ruined myself on one of their incredible flapjacks.

The return journey is much simpler. Straight down the railway line to Wickham, jump into the Mayles Lane through Knowle and rights at Funtley Road, left on to Titchfield Lane and after 20 meters cross into Laveys Lane where you follow the bridalway to Skylark Golf course. Around the golf course, over the motorway bridge down to Segensworth and then your route back.

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