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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 in November.

Currently felling works are taking place between West Meon and Peake New Road. Flailing work is being carried out along the full length of the trail, so please be cautious when using all sections of the trail.

Path closures will be minimalized to avoid disruptions to users, but at times sections of the path may be closed when there is a risk to the public. We plan to complete all physical work on the trail by Christmas, but further information will be posted on this webpage.

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