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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sunday Second Walk: Historic Winchester & watermeadows

SWC Walk 15 Winchester Circular
Length: 18km (11.2 miles) Toughness: 4/10

09:35 Weymouth train from Waterloo (Clapham Junction 09:45) arriving at Winchester at 10:45.

Fast return trains are at xx:17 and xx:42 (journey time 1 hour 07 minutes) with a slightly slower service at xx:23

The route covers historical points of interest in Winchester, some beautiful watermeadows in the Itchen valley, and some fine stretches of downland including an iron age hillfort on St Catherine’s Hill. The recommended lunchstop is The Bridge (01962 713171) in Shawford.

Options for shortening the walk and detailed notes on features of interest are included in the Walk Directions.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow.....! Just checked return to Weymouth train tickets - £63.10 !!! Is that correct? I have no travel card ... :(

Anonymous said...

To Winchester return is £34.60...... !! Yikes!!

Anonymous said...

A travelcard is worth it. I have a travelcard and can put other adults on it. But I'm not sure if I'm going on this walk yet, but if I do I can meet you early at the station before buying the ticket.

Anonymous said...

If you want to do that, plz give me your phone number and I'll text you around 8am if I'm going.
Eileen

Anonymous said...

Too expensive for me.jfk

PeteB said...

Six off the train, two met us en route early on in the walk and the walks inspector appeared at the lunch pub and accompanied us on the return leg so n=9 in all. Weather was w=sunny-but-cool and this definitely felt like the first walk of autumn, confirmed by the line of mud on my trouser bottoms. We now start what the Russians call Rasputitsa - the season of mud.
The morning leg began with a brisk climb up St Catherines Hill on paths stretches of which were slick after Saturdays rain. Excellent views of Winchester from the hill fort. There next followed a bit of a dull stretch along a narrow path fringing a golf links. You were often walking in a "green tunnel" of bushes seeing little or nothing of the surrounding countryside.
Most of us had sandwiches but had a drink at the Bridge before setting off on the excellent return leg the highlight of which was superb tea and cake at the Hospital and Church of St Cross which is now open on summer Sundays. We ambled along all-weather paths through the water meadows into bustling Winchester - there was a Hampshire Fair taking place on the Cathedral Green. An excellent early autumn day out enjoyed by all.

PS I will add a short comment on the walks page about a short stretch of the directions and gpx route before lunch.