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 …

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 …

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 Downs Way. Walking along the top ridge of Magdalen Hill Down, a butterfly conservatory, down …

walk#8 – 36 holes and a new village

Two of the three Winchester golf courses, Royal Winchester Golf Club and South Winchester Golf Club are being crossed on this walk. Winchester’s Hockley Golf club is traversed on walk 5. We make a small detour and walk through Winchester Village, the new housing development between Pitt roundabout and Kilham Lane. Many of us driving …

walk#7 – horses, burial mounds and an avenue

The path through Littleton Stud with paddocks connects Three Maids Hill by Andover Road with the village of Littleton. Further to the west, past Stockbridge Road, there is a grand, grassy avenue leading to Lainston House, flanked by a nice strip of woodland. This walks takes us to the northern outskirts of Winchester with a …

walk#6 – wild river and parkland

Avington with it’s stately home and landscaped park makes a good destination for a loop on both sides of the River Itchen from Kings Worthy. We added a small loop through Kings Worthy to avoid backtracking on the Kings Worthy-Abbots Worthy path by the river. On the way back you walk along the road through …

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 the city centre. Our walk takes you a little further across the M3 to the other side of Twyford …

walk#4 – grand views of the city and farmlands

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 …