This circular walk in Winchester visits the historic Hockley Railway Viaduct. From the top of the viaduct there are fine views over the river towards Winchester and St Catherine's Hill. A Winchester City Council information board says 'The viaduct offers a unique opportunity to view contrasting local landscape features from a high level. To the north and west are some of the best views of the Itchen Valley (Winchester Meadows) Site of Special Scientific Interest.'
The walk starts in the centre of Winchester, near to the cathedral. Head east and you can pick up paths heading south along the Itchen to Wharf Hill Bridge which spans the river. Built in the 1760s, it is notable as the oldest surviving bridge over the River Itchen. There are nice views down the river to Winchester College Boat Club from here.
The route continues south passing St Catherine's Hill on your left before coming to the viaduct. The structure , was built in the late 1880s by the London and South Western Railway. It provided a link over the River Itchen and water meadows, from the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway (DN&SR), to the LSWR's main line. The newly restored viaduct was officially opened on 26 February 2013 by the World Champion cyclist Dani King. It now forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 23 and is popular with walkers and cyclists. There are great views over the city of Winchester and the Itchen Valley countryside from the elevated position of the viaduct.
After crossing the viaduct you head north to St Cross where you pick up a section of the Clarendon Way to take you back into the city centre.