Within the South Downs National Park are The Meon and Itchen Valleys
Taking their names from the local rivers and lying to the East of Winchester the Itchen Valley comprises of the villages of Avington, Easton, Itchen Abbas, and Martyr Worthy whilst The Meon River rises upstream from the chalk downs near East Meon village and flows through nine villages to include West Meon, Exton, Meonstoke and Droxford before it reaches the Solent at Titchfield Haven.
Rail services to London Waterloo are from Winchester, Petersfield, and Alton
Road Infrastructures: M3 from Winchester to London and South to the M27. A272 linking Winchester to Petersfield, dissected by the A32 to the Coast and north to Alton. A3 from Petersfield to London and South to the M27
Schools: State schools across the age ranges include the many small village schools, The Petersfield School, and Peter Simmons. There is a very good selection of independents across the county to include St Swithuns, Twyford, Princes Mead and Winchester College.
Largely rural in character the area is crossed by several designated walking paths and riding routes including the Itchen Way, King’s Way, Pilgrims’ Way, St. Swithun’s Way, South Downs Way, Three Castles Path and Oxdrove Way. There is also easy access to the coast for sailing including the well-known Royal Southern Yacht Club. The character of the area is supported by sporting and other outdoor activities such as glamping and outdoor theatrical events at the local Country Estates. The valleys are the home of Cricket and English Wine.
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