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
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
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.
St Cross Hospital and Hockley
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:
This walk is part of the 12 walks challenge. Photos were taken in November 2020.