Path restoration in the Meon Valley complete

29th November 2016

Following two and a half weeks of restoration works the SDW between the A32 at Exton and the Meon Valley Trail is now fully open.

After several flooding events over the years and use by 4x4 vehicles a section of SDW in the Meon Valley, Hampshire has now been fully restored. Part of the section of the walker’s route across the Meon Valley between Exton and the Meon Valley Trail has been improved.

Previously the route was regularly under water from breaches of the river banks of the Meon and from the winterbourne stream adjacent to the trail. This led to flowing water scouring the track surface and leaving deep soft mud. This was made worse by the culvert under the SDW regularly being blocked by debris carried down by the winterbourne stream.

Now the damaged culvert has been replaced with two new ones, the ditches and winterbourne stream bed have been dug out and the SDW itself has had its surface levels restored with new stone and fine dust.

The works carried out by Aquascience and funded by the SDW Partnership, South Downs National Park Authority and Hampshire Council Councils access grant scheme should see the route easy to use for many years to come.

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The SDW before restoration work - SDNPA
Stream debris before restoration - SDNPA
Newly restored SDW at Exton - SDNPA
New culvert under SDW  - SDNPA
Newly restored ford on SDW - SDNPA