walk#1 – an easy, one hour stroll

WAlk 1 - Winnall Moors Wildlife Reserve

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, this is an easy walk that can be combined with cafes, restaurants and shopping in town and also features an urban stretch of the River Itchen in the city.

Length: 2.7 km / 1.7 miles
Time: allow an hour or so (35 minutes at a swift pace)
Difficulty: Easy – flat, no dogs in Wildlife Reserve
Variation: additional loop within the Wildlife Reserve at northern end of the walk

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Highlights of walk#1

Boardwalk through the Nature Reserve
Boardwalk through the Wildlife Reserve

It’s a bit surprising to find such a tranquil place a few hundred meters from the high street of a busy country town. In fact, Winnall Moors Nature Reserve is part of the South Downs National park. The park extends towards Winchester in a ‘finger’ along the River Itchen that pokes into town.

If you want to venture further, try walk#2 for a bigger loop around the Wildlife Reserve.

The river
The river
On the water's edge
On the water’s edge
Bench off the central boardwalk
Bench off the central boardwalk
Entrance Gate Winnall Moors Wildlife Reserve
Entrance to the Wildlife Reserve from Durngate Place
Entrance Sign Wildlife Reserve
Entrance sign, the reserve is managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
View towards the reeds in the centre of the Reserve
View towards the reeds in the centre of the Reserve
Jungle
Looks a bit like a jungle
Whispering trees bench
Whispering trees bench
Whispering trees bench (2)
Whispering trees bench (2)
Pole
Pole
Thistle at Winnall Moors
Thistle at the Nature Reserve

Information boards near the entrance to Winnall Moors Nature Reserve.

Info sign at the entrance of Winnall Moors
Info sign at the entrance of Winnall Moors
Info sign at the entrance of Winnall Moors (2)
Info sign at the entrance of Winnall Moors (2)
Info sign at the entrance of Winnall Moors (3)
Info sign at the entrance of Winnall Moors (3)

This walk is part of the 12 walks challenge. Photos were taken in August 2020.

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