Not far away from Waitrose in Weeke, or even closer from Andover Road, Barton Meadows Nature Reserve is a fairly recent addition to the walkable greenspaces within Winchester. This is a fairly easy 7 kilometres with 100 m of ascent as the Nature reserve itself is a little hilly. After the walk, reward yourself with a drink or meal at one of the cafes restaurants or shops in Stoney Lane.
Start and end point: Waitrose/Aldi on Stockbridge Road, alternative starting point on Andover Road (shorter walk).
Length: 7.1 km / 4.4 miles
Time: 1 hour 35 minutes at a swift pace + breaks
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate – 100m total ascent, no cycles on pathway around Nature Reserve
Parking: behind Waitrose, off Fromond Road
Public transport: buses to Fromond Road (bus #3) from Winchester City Centre
Variation: Shorter walk from Andover Road (indicated on map above)
walk#10 also goes across Barton Meadows.
Highlights of walk#3
Wildflowers are in bloom in in spring and summer whilst in autumn sheep can be seen grazing. Deer can also be seen on and off. Barton Meadows Nature Reserve is Winchester’s newest addition to its list of greenspaces within the city. It is on the other side of the railway line from the large Kings Barton housing development with a circular footpath going around it.