Visit Wickham Water Meadows and walk a loop around the start of the Meon Valley Trail.
The old train abandoned track is a stunning path through the valley and the meadows sit right alongside it.
Wickham village is the heart of the Meon Valley, and is the second largest medieval market square in England. The architecture is incredible and little houses, businesses and buildings have been preserved from various historic periods.
Now of course they are filled with boutique shops and tea rooms to potter around. It’s like you’ve stepped into the pages of a Jane Austen novel, you can just imagine Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters heading here on one of their walks. It has quaint English countryside charm by the bucketful.
Just around the corner from the square you’ll find Wickham Water Meadows. A pretty riverside setting that’s perfect for a paddle, or a picnic.
You can access the meadows two ways, the first is from the railway car park, you turn right onto the Meon Valley trail and walk down it until you see some step stairs on your right.
The other way, which is much easier from an accessibility point of view, is from the square itself. Walk to the edge of Wickham Square by Green’s Restaurant and Bar and you’ll find it down on the left.
Wickham Water Meadows
Wickham Water Meadows are a naturally occurring feature offering a beautiful riverside setting.
The meadows are a quiet and tranquil place to have a picnic or take a book for some downtime. You wouldn’t believe this was just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the village square.
Along the river are small stone sections that the river passes over which look like tiny rapids.
The meadows stretch across eight acres, either side of the Meon Valley trail but, the main area with access to the water is relatively small. That’s why it’s nice to include a walk with your visit.
Stretch your legs on the trail and take in the pretty aerial views of the local church and roads leading up into the square.
You’ll also pass through the golf course and see the edge of Wickham Vineyard which is a view that will make you think you’re in France, not the south of England!
Local volunteers have worked really hard to transform the meadows back into a useable space. Originally the meadows were used for grazing cattle and belonged to the Lord of the Manor but the area had become unmanaged and over grown. Thankfully it is now a lovely place to walk around thanks to a lot of time and hard work from incredible local people. Nice one Team Wickham!
Timings & Accessibility
Leave about 60 to 90 minutes to walk around the loop. If you want to extend it this can be done easily by including some of the nine mile Meon Valley Trail. But, it won’t loop around so you’ll have to walk back the way you came, or cut across country.
The trail is very flat and easy, so makes it perfect for the whole family to get outside and enjoy the countryside. It’s very popular with cyclists and horse riders, and once you’ve walked it, you’ll see why.
When I walked this loop I found this useful map produced by Wickham Parish Council to guide me. Once you’ve done the route once, you won’t need this but, I found it helped me on my first walk around.
The Water Meadows
Wickham Water Meadows and the surrounding walk is a lovely little addition to a day out in this Hampshire village.
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