A short history of the Wayfarers Way
The Wayfarers Way is a 70-mile, long-distance walking route.
The route will take you from its dramatic start, high on the chalk downs at Inkpen to finish at Emsworth Harbour. You will walk over some of the finest chalk turf in Hampshire down to the mud flats and salt marshes along the coast.
The Way has been divided into six sections, each providing a really good day out.
Choose between high chalk downland with exhilarating views or chalk-stream valleys buzzing with wildlife, peaceful pubs in pretty villages or a busy market town. Or why not have a relaxing seaside picnic while watching the marsh wildlife.
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The Wayfarers Way enters via New Alresford, which in the Middle Ages had one of the country’s biggest sheep fairs. A short distance from the route, in the centre of the town, is the Watercress Line station. This is a heritage steam railway running over ten miles of steeply-graded scenic track between Alresford and Alton.
The walk leaves the town through the Church and passes through damp meadows to Tichborne. It goes across the River Itchen at Cheriton Mill to the pretty village of Cheriton.
The route then crosses the river and climbs up to the downs above the village. The Wayfarers Way follows a section of the Cheriton Battlefield Walk, commemorating the Civil War battle of 1644.
Cross the A272 and continue up the tarmac road passing around the grounds of Hinton Ampner House. Walk across fields to Kilmeston where the route climbs to the downs again. At this point the path crosses the South Hants Ridgeway and passes Betty Munday’s Bottom. Continue over Corhampton Down and down in to Droxford.