The 1.15km section of the South Downs Way, at the foot of Old Winchester Hill, that links the Meon Valley Trail with the Monarch’s Way has been transformed.
Prior to the improvements, the path was a mud-bath from late autumn through to early spring, with people struggling to pass, often preferring to hop over the fence and walk in the adjacent field to bypass the slippery terrain.
This section of bridleway has been on our radar for a while to improve, yet due to its location and shear length the cost to make the necessary repairs has always been beyond our reach.
However, with thanks to some additional funds raised through the ‘Mend Our Way’ campaign, initiated by the British Mountaineering Council, we were able to undertake the mammoth task repairing the trail. Over six weeks our contractors moved over 1000 tonnes of stone and materials, re-graded the pathway, improved drainage and laid the new surface.
We now have a hard-wearing stone surface which drains well and provides reliable access all-year-round.
For more information about the Mend our Way and Mend Our Mountains fundraiser campaigns please follow the link below: