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 Easton, a delightful village, before joining the footpath to Fulling Mill.
Start and end point: St Mary’s Church, Kings Worthy
Length: 12.0 km / 7.5 miles
Time: 2 hour 40 minutes at a swift pace + breaks
Difficulty: Moderate – 140 m total ascent
Parking: Roadside, off London Road in Kings Worthy
Public transport: buses to Springvale
Variation: Skip the loop through Kings Worthy or shorten the main loop crossing the river on Chilland Lane in Martyr Worthy (you would miss out on the nice view of Avington House across the lake, though)
The walk can be combined with walk#2 from Winchester city centre to total ca 19 km or 12 miles.
Highlights of walk#6
Walk 6 takes us further out of the city following the River Itchen upstream. Lovely stretches of countryside and riverside await.
This walk is part of the 12 walks challenge. Photos were taken in May 2020.