An enchanting town, steeped in history, full of character and surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Hampshire’s Meon Valley.
Although only a stone’s throw away from the larger towns of Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth, Wickham offers the visitor (and the resident!) something quite different; intriguing, independent shops, an enviable variety of eateries, serene water meadows, fascinating historical buildings and for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, the Meon Valley Trail.
Parking is free in the long term car park (Station Close, off Mill Lane), and free for the first 30 minutes in the Square.
The Water Meadows
These naturally formed water meadows, covering approximately eight acres, form a rare and tranquil oasis in the middle of a town. Owned by the Lord of the Manor until the early part of the 20th century, the water meadows were used for cattle grazing. However, thanks to the foresight and hard work of local residents and volunteers, the area has been transformed, complete with a new bridge across the River Meon, paths, benches and a picnic area. So it’s now a peaceful place to walk, picnic or simply spend sometime by the water’s edge.
The Meon Valley Trail
Wickham marks the start of the much-loved Meon Valley Trail which stretches north for nine miles along the route of the old Meon Valley Railway towards the village of West Meon.
Here it connects with The South Downs Way and Wayfarers’ Walk, enabling you to create an extended circular route if required. The route is level and passes by various hamlets and country pubs so it’s a path that can be enjoyed at any pace.
Park in Wickham Square or in Station Close Car Park for fast access to the trail and additional facilities. We are just a mile down the track, keep your eye out for signs to The Roebuck.
The Forest of Bere
A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, it is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire and important to many different people for a variety of reasons.
Together with the remaining 19th century oak and modern 20th century conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths.
The many habitats provide an excellent area for nature lovers, whatever the season.
There are walking and cycling opportunities within the forest, ideal for all abilities.