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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday walk - Winchester Circular

Winchester Circular

Length: 18km (11.2 miles) 4 out of 10:  T=3.15

"Winchester is a cathedral city steeped in history. 
This walk takes in all of its major points of interest 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."
The Cathedral is open untill 5pm.

Trains: Get the 9.35 Weymouth train from Waterloo, arriving 10.32. From Clapham you need to go to Woking (arr 0958 dep 1000) to get this train. There are frequent return trains.

Lunch: Bridge Inn at Shawford . There is also now a tea room opposite the pub.

Tea: There are many tea options. Winchester is not short of pubs: two recommended ones passed on the walk route are the cosy Wykeham Arms just before the Kingsgate and The Old Vine Inn in The Square, just as you leave the Cathedral grounds.

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