Starting point: King Alfred statue, Winchester

King Alfred Statue

The King Alfred statue is at the bottom of Broadway in the centre of Winchester. It is the most central of our starting points and the gateway to walks heading East into the South Downs as well as north and south along the River Itchen.

So, who was Alfred the Great? He was the king of the West Saxons and died in 899 AD. A thousand years later a statue in his memory, designed by Hamo Thornycroft, was installed at prominent spot near the intersection of the high street and the River Itchen in Winchester. Alfred chose Winchester as his residence in around 870 AD. The statue is 2.5 times life size and about 4.50 m (15 feet) high. It is reported to weigh about 5 tons. Have a look at the pedestal, made out of Cornish granite with a one word inscription that says it all: AELFRED.

Interestingly, Alfred was ranked number 14 in the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote in 2002. He was buried three times at different locations in Winchester, the Old Minister, New Minster as well as Hyde Abbey. His final resting place is believed to be at Hyde Abbey, the bones may still be around thought there’s no confirmed grave.

Practicalities

Get here on foot: if you are already in town, just walk here from wherever you are
Parking: any city centre car park
Public transport: all buses to Winchester central bus station
Food/Drink: plenty of options in the city centre, see map for suggestions
Public toilets: Chesil street car park

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All our walks from King Alfred, Winchester

Magdalen Hill Down
Magdalen Hill Down

The center of Winchester is very close to the South Downs and from the King Alfred statue, you can leave the bustle of the city within minutes. This walk has great views from St Giles Hill and Magdale…

Walk#9 - Magdalen Hill and Cheesefoot Head
walk#9 – south downs views

We leave the city to the East, climb up St Giles Hill to take in some South Downs views. Winchester is at the western end of the South Downs National Park and the starting or end point of the South Do…

walk5 - St Catherine's Hill - Hockley golf course
walk#5 – hill fort and meadows

The part of the Itchen Way from King Alfred down to St Catherine’s Hill and returning on Keats Walk back to Winchester College, all by the river Itchen, is the classic one hour plus stroll from …

walk2 - Kings Worthy loop
walk#2 – wetlands, footbridges and a bit of mud

There’s a lovely area of the River Itchen wedged between Winnall and Abbotts Barton that is part of the South Downs National Park. This is a loop you can either walk from Kings Worthy or the cit…

WAlk 1 - Winnall Moors Wildlife Reserve
walk#1 – an easy, one hour stroll

A short stroll from the city centre, Winnall Moors Wildlife Reserve offers a tranquil boardwalk through reed beds, small streams and interesting benches to rest. Starting off the 12 walks challenge, t…

Image credits: King Alfred statue – BobW66, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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