The Bristol to Arundel Pilgrimage 2023

Day 11: Winchester to West Meon

A lovely walk with plenty of views following some of the South Downs Way. An optional detour up st. Giles Hill will give a great view of Winchester as you leave (it is a bit of a climb, but worth it). Enjoy a well-earned break at lunchtime, with a microbrewery on site, sadly due to H&S it is no longer open to public tours. Please leave the post-lunch prayer stop as a group, for a short stretch of road bounded by a bank and stream. The afternoon travels by some less-used paths for us to explore.

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 11

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Getting us all in tune! Veronique

Parish priest Fr Mark Hogan after celebrating mass for us in St Peter's Aidan Simons

All on The Way Veronique

We are all Saints Veronique

Oldest church in Winchester? On our way out of the city Aidan Simons

Sunny sunflowers at All Saints church Aidan Simons


Chilcomb church Mark Potter

Visitor book and donation scribes, Chilcomb Mark Potter

A child's dream... Veronique

Inside Chilcomb church Aidan Simons

Chilcomb church Aidan Simons

South Downs Way

Richard climbs the tumulus Susan Adilz

The wider landscape Susan Adilz

View back to Winchester Susan Adilz

Pilgrims on the South Downs Way Susan Adilz

Aftermath of the Boomtown Festival fred.adilz

Beech cathedral fred.adilz

Clare comes to rescue in lovely warm weather Veronique


After lunch slump ... Veronique

Flowerpots Inn Aidan Simons

St Michael and All Angels, Cheriton Fr Tony Milner

St Michael and All Angels, Cheriton Fr Tony Milner

Cheriton church Aidan Simons

Window in Cheriton church Aidan Simons

Hinton Ampner

History lesson outside Hinton Ampner Mark Potter

Stained Glass at All Saints, Hinton Ampner. Fr Tony Milner

New pilgrim Paddy Veronique

Caroline welcomes us with drinks and homemade cakes Veronique

... while Christopher rings the bells for us Veronique

Reading about the Battle of Cheriton Aidan Simons

Hinton Ampner memorial Susan Adilz

The Israelites were led by a pillar of cloud by day & of fire by night. Susan Adilz

The Hug, Hinton Ampner church Mark Potter

Grounds of Hinton Ampner Susan Adilz

I wonder why this sheep was only partially shorn John Chenery

Leaving Hinton Ampner Mark Potter

Susan Adilz

Whoops.. Susan Adilz

Hinton Ampner church Aidan Simons

Inside Hinton Ampner church Aidan Simons


St Andrew's, Kilmeston Fr Tony Milner


What are you bleating on about? Aidan Simons

Kilmeston church Aidan Simons

Inside Kilmeston Church Aidan Simons the bush... Veronique

..... before the planes distract pilgrims Veronique

Not on the menu tonight Veronique

Lookout Maurice, you're behind the backmarker Aidan Simons

Arrow in a pothole Aidan Simons

Approaching West Meon

Beautiful evening light as we hike from Warnford to West Meon Aidan Simons

Final stretch along a stubble field Aidan Simons

Our backmarkers overtaking at the end of a long magical day Veronique

Stiles cause queues! Aidan Simons

West Meon in sight Aidan Simons

Splendid Cedar tree as we approached West Meon Aidan Simons