Explore Winchester

Explore the historical town of Winchester and the beautiful South Downs Countryside on foot.

View Winchester Guided Walking Tours for 2018.

Wheelchair accessible walk route 

Explore the beautiful surroundings of the River Itchen and Abbey Gardens

Take in the historic highlights of Winchester with this Wheelchair acsessible route, approximatley one mile long. From the Cathedral to Wolvesey Castle this walk takes in the major tourist attractions of  Winchester.

For a map of this route and more details of the attractions along the way click here. 


Local walks of the week 

Explore the beautiful surrounding villages of the Holiday Inn Winchester 

While staying at the Holiday Inn Winchester, why not discover some of the surrounding areas on these short walks... 

Bishop's Waltham town trail

Set in beautiful countryside not far from Winchester, Bishop's Waltham is an attractive and historic town, dating from the Middle Ages. The town trail takes approximately one hour and will guide you through the significant historic sites and buildings. Various outlets in Bishop's Waltham will provide a free copy of the trail. 

Walking through the Iron Age

Choose from a series of four trails tracking Iron Age sites in the Winchester area. Teeming with archaeological evidence, discover local landmarks such as St Catherine's Hill, Old Winchester Hill, Micheldever Wood and Abbotstone Down. Routes ranges from 2km to 6km in length. 

The Cheriton battlefield walk

Cheriton, to the east of Winchester, was the site of a day-long battle during the Civil War in 1644. A new walking trail was established in 2005 to highlight the important strategic locations of the encounter. This route gives and insight into the events that may have taken places on the day of the battle. 

Alresford millennium trail

Alresford is a Georgian market town situated seven miles outside of Winchester, the hub of the UK's watercress industry and home to the Watercress Line steam train. The mile-long trail links together footpaths around the town, with illustrated boards introducing the history of Alresford, its inhabitants, railway line, wildlife and rural surrounds. There are a number of charming tearooms and restaurants where you can stop for refreshments. 

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The Itchen Way 

Journey from the Solent at Southampton up the Itchen Valley to the source of the river at Hinton Ampner.

The route passes Eastleigh and Shawford and then into Winchester, starting the final part of the Clarendon Way from St Cross to the city centre. The walk is 27 miles long but takes in some breath taking scenary along the way.

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South Downs Way 

The South Downs way is on the doorstep of the Holiday Inn Winchester 

Walk the 99 miles of beautiful scenery from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in Sussex.

History is an ever-present companion to the South Downs Way. The route follows the the ancient tracks established some 5000 years ago when Stone Age man began to cultivate the Downs and mine for the flint from which he made tools.


The Winchester Walk 

Explore King Alfreds City with three walks through the ancient capital 

Set out from the famous statue of King Alfred on the Broadway to trace the walls he repaired to keep the Danes at bay and the streets he laid out in the 9th century.

Following in the footsteps of the king they called 'The Great One',the three loops explore the heart of the ancient capital, the upper city and Alfred's final journey, leading to his resting place in Hyde Abbey Gardens.


Sunset Walk 

For views across Winchester this is the perfect walk

This popular walk takes you off the beaten track through historic eastern Winchester and up St Giles Hill, a tranquil spot with superb views across the city - an idyllic setting for a picnic or a twilight stroll.

For a map of the walk click here.


Keat's Walk 

Follow Keats  inspirational walk which inspired his ode 'To Autumn' in 1819.

Stroll through the Cathedral Close and water meadows to the medieval almshouse of St Cross following the route Keats used to take daily. 

For more information on the walk click here.


St Swithun's Way 

Following some of the countries best walking paths St Swithun's Way follows in the footsteps of the many pilgrims who paid homage to St Swithun on the St Swithun's Way.

The 34 mile trail starts at Winchester Cathedral and weaves its way through the picturesque Itchen Valley, taking in pretty rural villages before it ends in historic Farnham. There numerous churches to explore along the way as well as peaceful water meadows and streams to sit and relax by.

From Farnham you can join the North Down's way leading to Canterbury Cathedral.


The Clarendon Way 

The 24 mile walk joins the two Wessex cities of Winchester and Salisbury and crosses the Test Valley between Kings Somborne and Houghton.

Starting beside the waters of the Itchen in the heart of Winchester and ending near the Avon at Salisbury Cathedral. The varied scenery along the route ranges from 
the water meadows of the valleys through woodland to downlands with far-ranging views.