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The Downs Benefice Summer Walks

19th to 24th August 2019



Put these dates into your diary and join us during our week
of walks this summer.


See Week_of_Walks for full details and forms


It is for all of the communities of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell: all are welcome.


There will be six full-length walks of between 8.5 and 9.5 miles and also eight half-day walks of about 4 to 5 miles.
Two years ago, we had about 100 walkers who each walked on average 2.2 walks.

It is hoped that all five communities will support this initiative.

Citizens Advice - Winchester District

has now officially opened its doors at their new location on Colebrook Street in Winchester, next to Winchester City Council offices. 

If you need advice you can visit the office during the following times:

Monday: 10:00-16:00

Tuesday 10:00-13:00

Wednesday 10:00-16:00

Thursday 10:00-16:00

Friday 10:00-13:00

Or alternatively call the Adviceline on: 03444 111 306

or visit 

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for October/November edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 6th September.

Summer Walks.

Monday 19th August to Saturday 24th August.

This series of walks is intended for the whole community of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell and your friends wherever they live; we look forward to welcoming you all.

There will be six full length walks of circa 8 to 9 miles and also nine half-day walks of circa 4 to 5 miles.

There are ‘interesting feature(s)’ on each walk.

BYO picnic lunch.


The six areas will be:

Date Place All Day Morning Afternoon Features
Monday 19th Kings Somborne / Farley Mount -circular walk 8.5 miles   4.5 miles Undulating walk with great views
Tuesday 20th Upham - figure of eight walk 9.0 miles 5.0 miles 4.0 miles Peaceful downs-land and no busy roads
Wednesday 21st Winchester / Owslebury - circular walk 9.8 miles 4.6 miles 5.2 miles Pretty villages, rural tranquility and a riverbank finale
Thursday 22nd Amesbury - circular walk 8.5 miles 5.0 miles   Scenic, undulating walk with open views (including Stonehenge)
Friday 23rd Mottisfont - circular walk 9.6 miles 5.2 miles 4.4 miles Around Mottisfont Estate in the Test Valley
Saturday 24th Hannington - circular walk 8.4 miles 4.1 miles   An area of outstanding natural beauty with fantastic views

Participants can join us for as few or as many days as they wish. The morning walkers will walk with the main party, have their picnic lunch and then disperse. The afternoon walkers will join the main party for the picnic lunch and then complete the walk.

Don’t worry about transport as that will be arranged.

We intend to offer an evening pub meal on the evenings of Monday through Friday so that those who have walked together can socialise further, should they so wish. Pub venues are shown on the application form. If you cannot eat on the day you walk, please feel free to choose another day. Please indicate if you will be joining us.

We would appreciate offers of help to ferry some walkers to the start point; this reduces the numbers of cars having to be left at the start. If you can help with this, please fill in the appropriate box on the application form (see below)

If you would like to walk with us, please fill in the form (see below) and return it to us.

Last time we did this we had over 100 walkers including children spread over the week. Walkers averaged 2.2 walks each.

Do join us this year; you will be most welcome.

Joining instructions for each day’s walks, together with transport arrangements and pub evenings, will be issued in early August.

To help us work out logistics please try and get your forms to us by Tuesday 1st August.

Eryl & Clive Thompsett (01962 885039)
June 2019

Week of Walks - Application Form - WoW_2019_-_Application_form