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Meon Valley Trail

Work on the Meon Valley Trail recommenced in September 2014. Felling and flailing work is in process, with surfacing works planned to begin 2nd February 2015.

The few remaining stacks of timber at various points on the trail will be removed. Felling work continues in a short section near Soberton, with associated vehicle movements. Flailing work is complete in many sections but as some were previously inaccessible to flailing machinery we plan to complete the work in February.

A failed culvert will be replaced near Bere Farm, Soberton and work to access points will begin in February. Surfacing improvements of the trail will begin later in February or early March starting at West Meon and continuing southwards.

Path closures will be minimalised to avoid disruptions to users, but sections of the Meon Valley Trail will be completely closed when there is a risk to the public. Please do not access the trail at these times. We estimate that surfacing work will be complete by June 2015.

The Meon Valley Trail stretches for 10 miles from Wickham to West Meon, along a disused railway bed. This recreational trail, open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, passes through the beautiful Meon Valley, providing breathe taking views across Hampshire’s Countryside.

Throughout 2014 and early 2015, Hampshire County Council in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority are carrying out significant maintenance and upgrade work to the Meon Valley Trail.

The project will upgrade the Meon Valley Trail to create a safe, high quality, family friendly multi-user traffic-free route.  It will address the issues of a poor surface and drainage, safety concerns of unstable trees, lack of chalk download habitats, limited visibility of surrounding countryside caused by overgrown vegetation and a lack of information or interpretation of the history, geography and ecology.

Work is due to commence on 13 March 2014, starting at West Meon and will proceed southwards. Initially felling of dangerous trees and clearing of scrub and vegetation will be carried out. Later in mid-summer, resurfacing and drainage works will be completed. The Meon Valley Trail will therefore be closed for periods of time in the next few months to allow the work be carried out safely.

Further details will be published here in due course. You can also follow the project on twitter