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Winchester and St Catherine's Hill

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Winchester and St Catherine's Hill
Author: Richard, Published: 14 Oct 2011 Walk Rating:star1 Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide star1 Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide star1 Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide star1 Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide star0 Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide
Hampshire, Winchester
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Winchester and St Catherine's Hill
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide boot Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide boot Winchester and St Catherine's Hill Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from Winchester railway station in Hampshire. The walk gives a lovely mix to suit all tastes. You will have chance to explore Winchester itself, a historic bustling cathedral city, before the walk passes through the tranquil water meadows and along the River Itchen. The route then climbs St Catherine’s Hill, the site of an ancient hill fort which provides stunning views across the city, before descending and continuing along another stretch of the river and back to the city.

The walk follows a mixture of pavements, river banks, towpaths and grass paths. There are a few steady ascents/descents plus one fairly steep climb up the wooden steps to the top of St Catherine’s Hill and a fairly steep descent down the grass/gravel paths on the other side of the hill which are uneven and can be a bit slippy (if you prefer you can adjust the walk and use the steps for the descent as well). There are no stiles, just a few gates and dogs are welcome on St Catherine’s Hill. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts from Winchester railway station in Hampshire. If you are travelling by car, the nearest parking is in the Gladstone Street pay and display car park on the corner of Gladstone Street and Station Road B3404 (at the time of writing this car park was free on Sundays). Approximate post code SO23 8TJ.

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Walk Sections

Winchester station to Winchester College
Winchester station to Winchester College

Start point: 51.0662 lat, -1.3198 long
End point: 51.0572 lat, -1.3155 long

Leave the station by the main city side exit and turn right along Station Road. (From the Gladstone Street car park exit via the vehicle entrance and turn left along Station Road). Continue ahead and as you draw level with a bridge over the railway, follow the road to the left and downhill (Upper High Street).

Pass the Westgate public house, turn left, pass through the arch and continue downhill down the High Street. At the traffic lights turn right down Southgate Street. Continue ahead and you will pass the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum on the right and then the Green Man pub on the left. After about another 50 yards, turn left down Canon Street.

Continue to the end of the street and then turn right into Kingsgate Street. Continue ahead and you will come to the high walls and impressive wooden gates of Winchester College on your left.

Winchester College to River Itchen
Winchester College to River Itchen

Start point: 51.0572 lat, -1.3155 long
End point: 51.0488 lat, -1.3126 long

Winchester College is a public school which was founded by William of Wykeham and many of its buildings date back to the early 1300s. It was set up with the intention of educating poor boys before they moved on to New College, Oxford.

Continue ahead and pass The Queens Inn on the right, and then take the next road on the left (Garnier Road). Follow this road as it crosses two river bridges and take time to admire the adjacent water meadows which are owned by Winchester College.

A little further along you will come to a railway bridge over the road, with a car park immediately before it on the right. Go into the car park and take the path alongside the River Itchen. You have two choices here – either the slightly higher, wider (and drier!) stone bridleway, or the narrow mud towpath which runs immediately next to the river.

River Itchen to St Catherine’s Hill
River Itchen to St Catherine’s Hill

Start point: 51.0488 lat, -1.3126 long
End point: 51.0463 lat, -1.3119 long

Continue along your chosen path with the river running to the right. The tow path and the bridleway will eventually join together.

Immediately after this point there is a wooden gate to the left with an information board about St Catherine’s Hill. Pass through the two gates and then fork left to climb the wooden steps up to the top of the hill.

At the top, follow the path with the beech trees to the right and then take the path into the centre of the beech copse.

St Catherine’s Hill to River Itchen
St Catherine’s Hill to River Itchen

Start point: 51.0463 lat, -1.3119 long
End point: 51.0512 lat, -1.3106 long

St Catherine’s Hill is a chalk hill, the top of which is ringed by the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort. In the centre there is a copse of beech trees which contains the site of the 12th century chapel of St Catherine.

Continue through the copse and exit at about a ten o’clock direction to reach the ancient mismaze, a maze cut into the grass. The origin of the maze is a mystery, but many believe its origins lay in penitential ritual whilst others believe it to be purely recreational. The maze is 624 metres in length and comprises a number of nested squares.

Continue ahead with the maze on your left and start the descent from the hill through the tunnel of trees ahead. Follow this path as it bends to the left and heads gently downhill. As you emerge at the end of the tree covered section, turn right down the steep grass bank (take care) and then downhill down the mud and bare root path. Pass through the gate ahead, through the tunnel under the railway and then you will emerge back into the car park.

Turn right through the car park back to the main road, cross the road and then take the footpath opposite marked as Pilgrim’s Trail which runs with the playing field on the right and the river immediately to the left.

River Itchen to Winchester
River Itchen to Winchester

Start point: 51.0512 lat, -1.3106 long
End point: 51.0664 lat, -1.3182 long

Continue ahead along Pilgrim’s Trail with the river on the left. There are plenty of suitable places here for dogs to have a quick dip in the chalk bed river. At the end of the playing fields continue ahead to pass a number of small cottages on the right.

When you reach a gate ahead (with a ‘Private – no access’ sign), turn right away from the river and then turn left down a small tarmac lane. At the T-junction with the road turn left and pass over the river via the bridge. Follow the road as it bends to the right (College Walk) and then as it bends to the left (College Street) past a vehicle barrier.

At the end of College Street, turn right under the arch (Kingsgate) which has the small church of St Swithun Upon Kingsgate above it. Turn left into St Swithun Street and you will reach the Green Man pub again at the top on the right.

Turn right along Southgate Street and follow the road to the end at the traffic lights. Cross over the road and go ahead into Jewry Street, passing a number of restaurants, cafes and wine bars on the left.

Pass the public library on the left and then at the traffic lights turn left. At the next traffic lights turn left again (Sussex Street) and then take the first right (Gladstone Street) to reach the car park or the station.

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2 comments for "Winchester and St Catherine's Hill"

lovely walk , beautiful views from st catherines hill .

By klute5 on 21 Aug 2017

A really good walk. We took a detour into the cathedral gardens on the way back rather than going up St Swithuns Street. Great fun, but is quite tough with kids.

By Dougiebearin on 27 Aug 2016

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This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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