I’m really luck to have access to a lot of trails and countryside nearby. One of the trails we haven’t explored very much is the Wayfarers Walk, a 70 mile route that starts at Inkpen and finishes near Portsmouth. Not wanting to take a couple of days to cover it all, we ran 12.5 miles of it, starting at the beginning of the route.
We have started here on a few runs in the past, but usually go the other way and head down the Test Way path. It was a beautiful day when we started and the beginning was quite busy with people enjoying the scenery and weather. Paragliders, horse riders, dog walkers, families – we saw it all.
We took a map but the route is very well sign-posted, a mixture of traditional path signs and red arrows. The trail is a bit of a mixture – chalk, mud, gravel – there isn’t the need to go on roads, apart from a very short bit near the beginning and a crossing later on.
The one downside to this route is having to cross the A343 – it is a bit of a blind corner. It wasn’t busy when we were out, but worth watching out for if you’re planning it at a different time. Once you have crossed this road, you are heading into Highclere and if you want to take a detour, you can easily head down to see Heavens Gate and Highclere Castle.
The route is mostly downhill but there are hills to tackle, however they are worth it as the views are just brilliant and the hills are achievable to run up.
The route goes across the A34 but there is a detour to stop you having to play chicken with the high speed cars. It added half a mile to a mile extra on to the route, which we didn’t planned for, but we were all getting on really well with our running.
The final stretch was a great finish, we could see the end point from quite a way as we traversed the side of the hill and as we got closer to the car the views just kept on improving. We even got a few claps from walkers on the way past!
This was Day 21 on our run streak. We totalled 12.5 miles in 2hours 10 minutes and all felt great at the end. Not too shoddy for a trail run in the sunshine!