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Exton & Warnford

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Distance from the South Downs Way: Exton – Right on the path

The South Downs Way currently runs right through the village of Exton. We say currently because this is a temporary route as work is in progress on a new route bypassing Exton, keeping to the hilltop to the north. The compensation for losing a visit to this pretty village will be the stunning views from the hillside and it will still only be a half-hour (return) detour. As soon as anything changes, we’ll let you know!

Exton is the smallest of the pretty Meon villages, located around 10 miles from Winchester along the South Downs Way. It’s a historic village which can trace its roots as far back as 940AD. These days it makes a great stop when walking or cycling along the South Downs Way, with a couple of pubs to choose from.

It has a couple of very near neighbours; the hamlets of Meonstoke & Corhampton, picturesquely situated on the river Meon, are around a mile away.

Distance from the South Downs Way: Warnford – One and a half miles

Warnford is a pretty village with a historic church and a good pub. As well as being close to the South Downs Way, the village is also on the long-distance footpath the Monarch’s Way.

Getting Here & Home Again

By Train & Bus

There is a limited bus service (number 17) connecting Exton to Petersfield and Bishops Waltham. There is a very limited bus service from Warnford and Corhampton to Winchester, as well as Petersfield. The closest train station is in Petersfield, around 12 miles away, with direct trains to London Waterloo (1 hour) and Portsmouth (30 mins).

By Car

Exton is just off the A32 which connects the M27 at Fareham to the A31 at Alton. Parking is very limited in the village although there is some parking just off the A32 and in nearby Corhampton.

Warnford is located on the A32 which connects the M27 at Fareham to the A31 at Alton, with Exton and Corhampton close by. There is limited on-street parking in the villages as well as a small car park just off the A32 near Warnford.


Both villages have a pub, while the nearest post office is in Meonstoke, around a mile away.