We've compiled a list of some of the best walks around the Hampshire city of Winchester.
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Winchester Walk Map
|Allan King's Way||42 miles (68 km)||Follow this splendid walking path from Portchester to Winchester and enjoy the wonderful Hampshire countryside.|
You start off at the medieval Porchester castle at the head of Portsmouth Harbour. The route then heads north towards Fareham and then onto Fort Nelson, one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the 1860s. From here you continue to the town of Bishop's Waltham with its moated Bishop's Palace ruin built in 1135.
The final section of the walk takes you through the beautiful Itchen Valley and along the River Itchen to Winchester where the walk finishes near the splendid cathedral. View Full Details>>
|Clarendon Way||24 miles (39 km)||Travel from Hampshire into Wiltshire on the Clarendon Way and enjoy some wonderful scenery.|
The path starts next to Salisbury Cathedral and heads through Clarendon Way and past the ruins of Clarendon Palace before a short wooded section takes you to Pitton.
You then cross the hills to West and Middle Winterslow and descend into Broughton where you join a lovely country lane that takes you onto Houghton.
Here you cross the River Test on your way to King's Somborne. Another wooded section through Parnholt woods then leads to the beautiful Farley Mount Country Park where at the highest point there is a pyramid shaped folly that gives the park its name.
The final section sees the walker descend into Winchester, passing through the outskirts and then along the River Itchen to finish next to the cathedral. View Full Details>>
|Farley Mount Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Farley Mount Country Park is located a few miles west of Winchester. It is a large area of open country and woods and a Local Nature Reserve. At the highest point there is a pyramid shaped folly that gives the park its name. From here there are fabulous views over the South Downs and the surrounding area. The route below is devised for walkers but cyclists can follow the marked bridleway that dissects the park and links to further routes in the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>|
|Hinton Ampner||1 miles (1 km)||Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this stately home near New Alresford in Hampshire. Here you will find cloud topiary, a walled garden, a sunken garden and fabulous views over the South Downs. You can also extend your walk into the wider estate. Head east towards Joan's acre wood where you will find ancient woodland and an abundance of wildlife. |
You could also pick up the Itchen Way or Wayfarer's Walk which run past the estate. View Full Details>>
|Itchen Way||31 miles (50 km)||Follow the River Itchen from its mouth at Woolston to its source near Hinton Ampner on this beautiful waterside walk. |
You start near Woolston station near Southampton Docks and head north through Southampton and a lovely riverside park near Swaythling. The path continues past Southampton Airport and through Eastleigh before arriving at Winchester with its impressive cathedral. Here you can take a small detour to climb the lovely St Catherine's Hill and enjoy fine views over the town below, the River Itchen and the surrounding countryside of the South Downs.
From Winchester you then turn east towards Itchen Abbas and New Arlesford with the final section passing through Cheriton and finishing at National Trust owned Hinton Ampner. View Full Details>>
|Lakeside Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy 60 acres of lakes, wet meadow and woodland located between Eastleigh and Southampton. The park has a range of birds, insects and small mammals as well as the occasional fox and deer. There is also a miniature railway and a cafe. View Full Details>>|
|Meon Valley Trail||9 miles (15 km)||This peaceful cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway track from West Meon to Wickham. There are splendid views of the beautiful Meon Valley and the River Meon to enjoy as well as a variety of wildlife including butterflies, redwing and egrets. View Full Details>>|
|Old Winchester Hill||9 miles (14 km)||This walk takes you up the 197 metres (646 ft) Old Winchester Hill in the South Downs. The hill and surrounding area is a National Nature Reserve with a wide variety of butterflies and wildlife to look out for. These include buzzards, kites, roe deer and foxes. The area is made largely of chalk grassland with extensive scrub and many orchid species. There is also an Iron Age hill fort and earlier Bronze Age barrows and burial mounds.|
This circular walk starts at the village of Meonstoke and makes use of the South Downs Way to take you to Old Winchester Hill before returning via Warnford and Beacon Hill. There are super panoramic views of the South Downs and the Meon Valley from the high points. On a clear day you may even be able to see the Isle of Wight.
If you'd like to continue your walk then you could pick up the South Downs Way or the Monarch's Way which run past the hill. View Full Details>>
|Oxdrove Way||25 miles (40 km)||The Oxdrove Way is an off road cycle trail and walking path which forms a figure of eight through the rolling downland, woods and farmland of the Hampshire countryside around New Arlesford. You will pass through Preston Down, Bradley, Upper Wield, Old Alresford, Abbotstone and Itchen Down.|
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|Pilgrim's Trail||29 miles (47 km)||This medieval walk runs from Winchester to Portsmouth through Bishop's Waltham and Southwick, following in the footsteps of the Miquelots, pilgrims who made the long journey to worship St Michael in Normandy. View Full Details>>|
|Pilgrims Way||133 miles (214 km)||Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who followed this ancient track from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent. View Full Details>>|
|St Catherine's Hill Winchester||1 miles (1.5 km)||Climb this small hill in Winchester for fine views over the town, the River Itchen and the surrounding countryside of the South Downs. It's a very pretty area with the chalk downland covered in wild flowers including bird's-foot trefoil, salad burnet, dropwort and several types of orchid. This attracts 25 different types of butterfly such as marbled white, chalkhill blue and brown argus. There are also the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, a 17th/18th century mizmaze and a copse of beech trees containing the site of a 12th century chapel. |
There is a car park just north of the hill where you can pick up the footpaths to the hill. You could also walk from the centre of town which is only about a mile away. If you're coming by bike then National Cycle Network route 23 runs right past the hill along the river.
To turn this into a longer circular walk descend the hill and head south along the River Itchen to St Cross Bridge. Cross the bridge and then return on the other side of the river to Winchester College and the town.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could pick up the Itchen Way and enjoy a stroll along the River Itchen. If you were to head north along the trail you would soon come to the lovely Winnal Moors Nature Reserve. Here you will find nice footpaths taking you to chalk stream, tall fen, hay meadow and wet pasture, with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for. View Full Details>>
|St Swithun's Way||34 miles (55 km)||Follow the St Swithun's Way from Winchester to Farnham on this historical walk through the Hampshire and Surrey countryside. The trail gives the walker the opportunity to visit numerous churches with pilgrimage connections.|
The walk begins at the splendid Winchester Cathedral and heads east, through the Itchen Valley towards New Alresford. This opening section includes a long waterside stretch along the River Itchen, passing through the pretty village of Itchen Abbas as you go.
The next section takes you from New Alresford to Alton along country lanes and through a couple of peaceful woodland stretches. You will also pass through the village of Chawton - home to Jane Austen
From Alton you head north-east, following the River Wey through Bentley, before finishing at Farnham in Surrey. Here you can enjoy a visit to Farnham Castle and Farnham Park where there's 320 acres (130 hectares) of hills, valleys, ponds and streams. View Full Details>>
|The South Downs Way||99 miles (160 km)||This beautiful 100 mile long trail runs from Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne, passing through the wonderful South Downs National Park - England's newest National Park.|
The views are stunning as you follow the undulating route through the East Hampshire and Sussex Downs. The trail is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. View Full Details>>
|Three Downs Link||102 miles (164 km)||This is a walking and cycling path following bridleways through Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The trail runs from Exton, in Hampshire, to Dean Hill, near Hungerford. You will pass through open chalk downland, along rivers and canals and through some pretty villages.
The route passes through or near Basingstoke, New Arlesford, Malborough, Winchester, Newbury and Hungerford. It uses the South Downs Way National Trail for part of the route and also links with the Ridgeway National Trail. It is waymarked with a light blue arrow.
For cyclists a mountain bike is advisable as most of the route takes place on off road tracks. View Full Details>>
|Wayfarer's Walk||71 miles (114 km)||Starting at the town of Emsworth on Chichester Harbour, follow this fabulous 70 mile walk through the heart of Hampshire and on into Berkshire.|
You will pass through the pretty Hampshire towns and villages of Cheriton, Droxford, Hambledon and New Arlesford while also experiencing the beautiful landscape and wildlife in this special county.
The path is easy to follow as it is waymarked by metal and plastic disks attached to wooden and metal posts.
Highlights on the route in include the National Trust owned Hinton Ampner stately home with its wonderful gardens and Watership Down - the delightful setting for Richard Adams' 1972 novel.
The route passes the wonderful 5000 acre estate surrounding Highclere Castle in Hampshire. The house is famous as the location of period drama 'Downton Abbey'. There are also some lovely waterside stretches to enjoy at Cheriton along the River Itchen and along the River Arle at New Arlesford. The walk finishes at Walbury Hill, the highest point in Berkshire and the South East of England.
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|Winchester Circular Walk||3 miles (5 km)||This circular walk takes you around the city of Winchester in Hampshire. The walk makes use of the Itchen Way long distance footpath to take you along the River Itchen to St Catherine's Hill before returning to the town centre on other public footpaths. The walk starts in the centre of the city near Wharf Bridge and the Wolvesey Palace. It's a nice waterside walk with the option of taking a short detour to climb St Catherine's Hill for nice views over the city and the surrounding countryside. You can extend the walk by continuing south along the Itchen to Shawford and Twyford. There are also nice footpaths across Twyford Down, just to the south east of the city centre. View Full Details>>|
|Winnal Moors Nature Reserve||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy a short stroll around this pretty nature reserve in Winchester. In the reserve you will find wetland with chalk stream, reedbeds and grassland. There are nice boardwalks taking you through the reedbeds and a water vole trail where you can look out for these elusive creatures in the slow moving streams. The area has lots of interesting flora and fauna with fen meadow containing wetland wildflowers such as ragged robin and marsh valerian. Look out for otters and birds including redshank, lapwing and snipe.
If you'd like to extend your walking in Winchester then you could climb to St Catherine's Hill for fine views over the town below, the River Itchen and the surrounding countryside of the South Downs. The Itchen Way passes the site so you can pick this up to continue your walk along the river. View Full Details>>