walk#4 – grand views of the city and farmlands

walk 4 - Hockley Viaduct and St. Cross Hospital


In the southern part of the city, the walk starts with views of the cathedral from Whiteshute Ridge, a stretch of open access land to the south of Badger Farm, just a few minutes in. Take-in the views of the city before dropping down to the river at St Cross Hospital, crossing the disused Hockley Railway Viaduct, before looping back through fields and the village of Compton.

Start and end point: Hill behind Sainsburys

Length: 7.5 km / 4.4 miles
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes at a swift pace + breaks
Difficulty: Moderate – 128 m total ascent
Parking: Sainsburys car park (though watch any potential time limits imposed by car park operator), alternative street parking in Oliver’s Battery or Badger Farm
Public transport: buses to Sainsburys (bus #5) from Winchester City Centre

Click to view in OS Maps

The Winchester Tourist office publishes a leaflet with some information about the viaduct’s history. This is part of the Viaduct way, returning on Keats Walk. Walk#5 lead through the meadows below the viaduct.

Highlights of walk#4

Hockley viaduct with the M3 behind

The way the M3 motorway cuts through the Down is a little sad and reminds us about the conflict between nature and transport needs. Read about the history of Twyford Down and the motorway construction here. Sabre roads publish a short history of the Winchester bypass.

Whiteshute Ridge

View from Whiteshute ridge to the city centre with Winchester Cathedral
View from Whiteshute ridge to the city centre with Winchester Cathedral
View from Whiteshute ridge to St Catherine's hill
View from Whiteshute ridge to St Catherine’s hill
Railway crossing at the bottom of Whiteshute ridge to get to the top of Mead Road
Railway crossing at the bottom of Whiteshute ridge to get to the top of Mead Road

St Cross Hospital and Hockley

St. Cross Hospital
St. Cross Hospital
Hockley viaduct from the South West
Hockley viaduct from the South West
Southern end of the viaduct
Southern end of the viaduct
There’s another footpath below the viaduct, reachable from Hockley Link
View towards St. Cross Hospital from Itchen Farm

Towards Compton

We suggest you walk the route clockwise, if you want to walk it the other way round, the footpath leading from Badger Farm Road to Compton is a bit difficult to find. The entrance looks like this:

Entrance to footpath to Compton from Badger Farm Road
Entrance to footpath to Compton from Badger Farm Road
Footpath along the fields from Badger Farm Road to Compton
Footpath along the fields from Badger Farm Road to Compton

This walk is part of the 12 walks challenge. Photos were taken in November 2020.

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