Sparsholt Round from West Wood

Starting at the Mount Down car park, the Sparsholt Round is an easy 2 to 2.5 hour walk, down the Burrow Road path, through Ham Green, the village of Sparsholt, the sweeping fields at Moorcourt Farm towards Nomans Land and back up to West Wood. It’s a varied walk through woodlands, sweeping farmlands, ancient roads …

Clarendon Way loop 6 – Broughton

This walk follows the course of a figure 8 from Houghton to Broughton, up to Broughton Down and back to Houghton on a parallel path. It is the 6th loop along the Clarendon Way. Start in the village of Houghton, on the left bank of the river Test. There is limited roadside parking in the …

Clarendon Way loop 4 – Furzedown and Beacon Hill

The fantastic view from Beacon Hill over the Hampshire landscape is one of the highlights of this 10.5km walk, the fourth loop along the Clarendon Way (from Winchester). Doing this walk in mid March 2021 with a fair bit of sunshine was the perfect medicine against lockdown fatigue. Start at in the centre of King’s …

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 Magdalen Hill Down. More information on start point and other walks from King AlfredLength: 5.9 km / 3.7 …

Ham Green, Sparsholt

There are two new benches on Ham Green, a nice little commons with great views towards Sparsholt and Deane. Traffic-wise, Dean Lane is usually quiet and also good for cycling. On the return there is a climb towards Lanham Lane and then a gentle decline back down to Dean Lane. The longer version of the …

Royal Winchester Golf Club – no longer available

Update 2/3/2021: The course is now closed – this walk is no longer possible. The good people at the Royal Winchester Golf Club opened access for excercise around the perimeter of the Golf Course in early January 2021 – this should last until the Club opens again following the early 2021 lockdown. It’s a great …

walk#12 – from one sluice to the next

We walk towards Shawford and Otterbourne along the River Itchen on the 12th and final walk of the 12 walks challenge. It’s also the longest. Starting in Badger Farm, the path skirts Compton and leads across Shawford Down to the River Itchen on the Eastern side of the railway line. The path by the river …

walk#11 – no man’s land to bluebell heaven

Crabwood and Farley Mount is a popular destination for Winchester residents who want to go for a walk. Rather than driving to one of the car parks on Farley Mount Road, the the walk from the starting point at Waitrose is a great, albeit slightly longer excursion. Following the route counter-clockwise, we leave town on …

walk#10 – railway line and watercress

On the way to South Wonston we walk through Headbourne Worthy, skirt the Barton Meadows Nature Reserve (see walk#3), and take a small detour through the new Kings Barton housing estate. After a small stretch on Andover Road, the path goes across open fields, past the Winchester Golf Academy towards South Wonston. The Ox Drove …