Duration: 4 days
Price point: Mid range (see below)
Discover hidden corners of rural Hampshire and
re-connect with nature on this short activity break
Stay in yurts or Shepherd Huts on a working farm
Enjoy delightful villages and country pubs
Walk some of the best sections of the South Downs Way footpath
Choice of activities - walking, cycling, woodland bush craft...
Ascend Winchester Hill and discover bronze-age fort
Explore the sites of Winchester, former capital of England
Easy connections in and out of London for a long weekend city escape
Covid-safe practices are followed throughout your trip
At a glance
Location: Between Petersfield and Winchester, Hampshire
Group sizes: Ideal for two to four people (possible for groups too)
Trip type: Privately escorted just for you (ideal for couples, friends, families or a small group of friends).
Season: April to October.
Grading/difficulty: Easy ro moderate (a few ups and downs on walks over undulating terrain).
Getting there: Car or train.
Pick-ups: Transfer included from Petersfield Station and back to Winchester Station. Or you can make your own way if preferred.
Age restrictions: Mainly for adults but the yurts can accommodate families and if your children love walking in England's wonderful countryside.
If you're escaping the big city by train, you'll be met at Petersfield Station and transferred by electric car to the delightful village of West Meon. Or you can make your own way to our base, a working farm in deepest Hampshire, to stay in either comfortable Yurts or Shepherd Huts (details below).
After arrival, you can relax, explore the farm or take a walk along one of several nearby trails before we head down to a great village pub for a hearty evening meal. During your evening briefing with your guide, you can tell us your preferences for tomorrow's choice of activities on and around the farm.
Your first day's activities are mountain biking or walking on well-marked trails, woodland and bushcraft skills and even fly fishing and clay shooting*. A picnic lunch is included and there's an option of a fire-side barbecue* in the evening (if not, the local pub is not far or there are simple self-catering options too).
Next day, we'll set out to walk the South Downs Way, one of the UK's best long-distance footpaths. Along the way you'll discover delightful villages, Norman and Saxon churches, rivers, hills and valleys. The high point of the day will be the steep ascent of Old Winchester Hill, where a Bronze Age Fort stood 3,500 years ago. It was a key defensive point then and still commands fantastic views across the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.
On your final day, you'll be driven by electric car to Winchester, the one-time capital of England. You'll be given an orientation walking tour of its old cobbled streets, taking in the world famous Winchester Cathedral, the old Guildhall and the Butter Cross. We can either drop you at Winchester Train Station or leave you to take lunch* in a local pub and explore at your leisure (your bags can be left in our transfer car while you explore Winchester).
* Woodland and bushcraft skills and even fly fishing and clay shooting. Price available on request and depends on numbers. For fireside barbecue and pub meals allow around £20 per person.
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Sustainability and values
We are proactive and ensure that the suppliers we work with minimise or avoid any negative impact on the environment. On this trip we are single-use-plastic-free and provide re-usable water bottles. We also ensure that all revenue generated flows through to the local community.
If you care about Climate Change, you'll care about carbon emissions from travel
All of the tours offered through Natural Britain have been assessed for the amount of carbon emitted and this is shown against each featured itinerary below. To help make sense of this figure, you can head over to our Carbon Emissions page for useful comparisons with overseas travel etc.
"Escape the city and re-connect with nature"
Your accommodation options
Your base for this four day break will be a working farm in the beautiful Meon Valley in South Downs National Park.
You have a choice of staying in Yurts of Shepherds' Huts but you must book your choice in advance.
This tour runs on a privately guided basis with departures on most Fridays from from April to June 2021. Deposit refundable if government action prevents you from travelling.
Price: £490 per person if using Yurt accommodation or
or £390 per person if using Shepherds' Hut accommodation.
Single Supplement: £400
Self-guided option available (reduce above prices by £100)
Description and details as described above
Ideal for 2 to 4 people
Transfer from Petersfield Railway Station and back to Winchester Railway Station included but if you would prefer to bring your own car, please contact us for joining details on booking
Accommodation in Yurts or Shepherds' Huts (availability limited so please book well in advance)
You'll have your own private space and you won't have to mix with other people staying in the Yurts or Shepherds' Huts if preferred
Includes three breakfasts and two picnic lunches
There are permanent shower and toilet facilities which are clean and smart in a separate area about 10 metres away and you'll have your own private shower and loo designated for your Yurt.
The carbon impact of this trip is
25kg CO2e per person
The above calculation shows the approximate amount of carbon that will be emitted by taking this trip (this does not include meals or getting to the destination). Details of how this figure is calculated can be found on our
Carbon Emissions page.
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