Visit Winchester

Get the most out of your visit to Winchester, and explore the city on foot.

There are several walks starting at the King Alfred Statue in the city center:

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…

If this is your first time in Winchester and only have time for a short walk, you want to try the initial section of the Hill Fort and Meadows walk. Heading south, this will take you to towards St Catherine’s Hill by the river.

The Winnall Moors walk is another good option to explore the wetlands very close to the city centre.

Additional resources

Winchester Tourist information has published a number of exploratory leaflets with great walks from the city centre:

City centre visitor map

City Walk – a short circular route through the centre with most sights of historic Winchester

Keats trail which can be extended into a loop by adding Viaduct Way

Sunset walk – up St Giles hill

A few more brochures covering Winchester City and District are available from visit Winchester.

gravestones on a nice October day, viewed through the cast-iron perimeter fence
West Hill Cemetery, off St. James’ Lane