The area around Sarum Road and Chilbolton Avenue in Winchester has become increasingly popular as an upmarket residential area in recent years. There’s a string of nice houses and apartments. It’s a great area to live in, the Golf course is close, the city centre is in easy reach and there are a few nice walks. Starting at the corner of Sarum Road and Marnhull Rise, we have curated three short walks (each one about an hour or so in duration) to explore this area and the local greenspaces.
The Education Walk takes you by Winchester University as well as Western and Westgate schools. After crossing both Chilbolton Avenue and Romsey Road at the busy roundabout, turn into Kerrfield, an attractive residential street that meets Romsey Road again at the war memorial. Cross Romsey Road again, then walk past the new Winchester University West Downs campus (you can have a look at the Greta Thunberg statue if you want) and cut across towards Greenhill Road just before the Hillier Garden Centre towards the Westgate School (click here for an historic map). On the return, there is a leafy woodland footpath that runs parallel to Chilbolton Avenue to avoid walking back on the main road.
The Golf Course Walk goes down Chilbolton Avenue before you turn left onto a small footpath. It can get muddy in the winter months. There is a small copse at the top of the hill and a path leads to the left through Winchester Royal Golf Club (click here for an historic map), offering superb, open views across the golf course and rolling hills. The return is on Sarum Road.
The Valley Walk explorers the residential area to the south. After crossing busy Romsey Road it gets a lot quieter in the Sleepers Hill area and Dawn Gardens. There’s a nice little bit of green with a zig-zag path going down The Valley and up again on Stanmore Lane. You can go back on Romsey Road, where there is a wide path next to the street (not shown on map above), or cut across past the Council Offices in Monarch Way back to Sarum Road.
Length: 3-3.5 km or around 2 miles for each walk
Time: allow an hour or so for each of the three walks
Difficulty: Relatively easy, there are some hills
Also have a look at our Winchester 12 walk challenge.