An easy walk around Flood Meadows, a 15 acre grassy area and flood plain close to the source of the River Wey.
Distance: 2 miles | Difficulty: Easy | Duration: 40 | Accessible: Yes | Start: Lady Place Car Park | Finish: Lady Place Car Park
- Park in Lady Place car park, head into the Market Square, keeping to your left past Pizza Express.
- In front of you there is a crossroads, to the right is Market Street, ahead Amery Street and to your left Lenten Street
- Take the left down Lenten Street and when the houses on your right finish you’ll find a footpath leading into Flood Meadows
- There is a tarmac path ahead of you, leading up the hill and a tarmac path to your right leading along the river.
- If you take the path ahead of you when you get to the top of the hill take a right, follow this along until the path drops downhill and you’ll come to a crossroads of paths leading into a second field
- If you take the left hand path you can walk a circular route back to this point. If you take the right you are on the path by the river, which was on your right as you entered the meadows.
- You can also exit the meadows via Tanhouse Lane, this is at the end of the second field, there are some carved wooden ducks by the footpath that leads out onto Tanhouse Lane. Follow it to the bottom, take a right and a right again, you are now on Amery Street and you can walk back to the Market Square and the car park.
Dog friendly with red bins for waste. Wheelchair and pram friendly in the main (you can walk along the narrow path through the pond area which isn’t suitable for prams or wheelchairs) Benches to sit and rest on. Dogs and children paddle in the river at the entrance to the meadows as it tends to be very shallow here, beware as the river does get deeper as it progresses towards town.
Flood Meadows is famous for its links to Sweet Fanny Adams, unfortunately it was where they found parts of her body after her murder by Frederick Baker. Following the investigation, Baker was convicted of murder and hanged outside Winchester Gaol, 5000 people attended the execution. Fanny Adams is buried in Alton cemetery with the headstone erected by voluntary subscription, reads: Sacred to the memory of Fanny Adams aged 8 years and 4 months who was cruelly murdered on Saturday August 24th 1867. Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. Matthew 10 v 28.