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St. Catherine's Hill from Compton Down

St. Catherine's Hill from Compton Down

SWC Walk 15 : Winchester Circular

08-Jul-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Round table

Round table

Great Hall Winchester Circular

12-Sep-10 • moontiger on Flickr

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Saint Cross Church and Hospital from St Catherine's hill

Saint Cross Church and Hospital from St Catherine's hill

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18-Dec-10 • Ludovic Lemaignen on Flickr

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Mill on the Itchen, near Hockley Farm

Mill on the Itchen, near Hockley Farm

SWC Walk 15 : Winchester Circular

08-Jul-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Wolvesey Castle

Wolvesey Castle

SWC Walk 15 : Winchester Circular

08-Jul-15 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Cathedral rear

Cathedral rear

10-Feb-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Kingsgate, Winchester

Kingsgate, Winchester

10-Feb-16 • Saturdaywalker on Flickr

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Winchester Circular Walk

A historic Cathedral City, St Catherine's Hill and downland.

Length

18km (11.2 miles)

OS Map

Landranger 185, Explorer OL32 (formerly 132)

Toughness

4 out of 10.

Features

This walk takes in all of its major historical points of interest in the ancient city of Winchester, and some of its prettiest streets. It then carries on out along the idyllic River Itchen to St Catherines Hill, the iron age hillfort, from where there are spectacular views of the city. From here the route crosses some typical Hampshire downland, before descending to a section of ancient watermeadows and to a newly refurbished riverside pub for lunch.

In the afternoon, the walk again climbs up onto the downs, giving fine distant views of Winchester Cathedral, before descending to the ancient Hospital of St Cross, along the watermeadows and past Winchester College to tea in the Cathedral refectory.

The walk directions pdf (see link in the button menu above) includes a detailed history of Winchester and the historic sights visited

Shortening the walk

There are two possible options: see pdf for details

History

Winchester is a cathedral city steeped in history. It was founded by the Romans close to a major iron age hillfort, it was the capital of the Saxon kingdom of Wessex under Alfred the Great, it was a major royal city under the medieval kings, and it is the home of one of the country's most famous public schools, Winchester College. For lots more details, see pdf file.

Transport

Take the train nearest to 9.30am (before or after) from Waterloo. Journey time 65 minutes.

Lunch

see pdf

Tea

see pdf

Help Us!

After the walk, we would love to get your feedback

Photos

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Trains

Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: SO23 8TJ Directions

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Help

Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Jun-17

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Walk Directions  

Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk