Historic country trail to be upgraded

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WALKERS, cyclists and horse riders in the South Downs National Park will all benefit from work to upgrade to the Meon Valley Trail.

Stretching for 10 miles, the trail runs along the disused railway track from Wickham to West Meon through the Meon Valley.

The £300,000 of improvements are being carried out by a partnership between the South Downs National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council.

David Deane, cycling projects officer, said: ‘When the work is finished the Meon Valley Trail will allow easy car-free access straight into the heart of the South Downs National Park through a valley rich with history dating back to Saxon times.

‘More recently the old railway siding at Droxford, which the trail runs through, provided the meeting point where Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle met to finalise plans for the D-Day landings.’

Work on the improved trail has started and is due to finish next spring.