A statue of Greta Thunberg was unveiled at Winchester University yesterday. It’s all over the news (Spectator article, as one example and even Fox news in the US) due the costs and the fact that Greta T doesn’t seem to have any obvious connection to Winchester.
We had a look at the statue on a walk from the train station, on used it as an excuse to explore West Hill cemetery the Peninsula barracks on the way back. West Hill cemetery has a war memorial and a number of WWI graves. Winchester City Council is encouraging the return of chalk grassland plants and insects. In order to increase biodiversity no weedkillers or fertilizers are used. It has a very pleasant atmosphere and multiple benches with great views. This blog has a 1874 map of the area and lists notable graves.
Tap on the map symbols to get more information:
Start the walk at Winchester train station.
Length: 3.7 km / 2.3 miles
Time: 1 hour at a swift pace + time to look at statue and rest at cemetery
Difficulty: Easy – 95 m total ascent
Looking towards St James’ Lane there is a noticeable Pagoda House overlooking the cemetery. It was built in 1848 and is/was for sale for £2,950,000.