Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

East Meon Morning Walk 9th January 2019

Peter and Trevor had chosen a beautifully sunny but cold day to test our skills on the East Meon hills. After walking through the village we headed for the lower slopes of Henwood Down, spotting 3 red kites on the way. Taking Halnaker Lane we headed towards Drayton and a coffee stop. The horses in the field were particularly lively as they were also due to have a snack. They were normally used for weddings and funerals processions - they don't mind either as long as they get fed! We then headed for East Meon and the 12th Century All Saints Church, just round the corner from the 14th Century Court Hall.  East Meon has around 50 listed buildings and a large number of hall houses (hall houses were originally one room, central fire and smoke going out through a hole in the roof - thanks Wikipedia) which thankfully have been modernized over the last 6 or 7 centuries. Finally we reached the Old George Inn for an excellent lunch after covering about 4 miles.