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Hockley Viaduct

12 miles (20 km)

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 theLondon and South Western Railway. It provided a link over theRiver Itchenandwater meadows, from theDidcot, 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 cyclistDani King. It now forms part of theNational Cycle NetworkRoute 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.

Hockley Viaduct OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hockley Viaduct Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Hockley Viaduct spans River Itchen - geograph.org.uk - 54131

Hockley Viaduct spans River Itchen. Phototaken from the river bank

Permissive path along Hockley Viaduct north of the M3 - geograph.org.uk - 269254

Permissive path along Hockley Viaduct north of the M3

Hockley Viaduct notice - geograph.org.uk - 270598

Hockley Viaduct notice. At each end of the Hockley Viaduct there is a sign like this. Winchester City Council bought the land along the line after its closure in 1968, including the viaduct.

River Itchen from Hockley Viaduct - geograph.org.uk - 270591

River Itchen from Hockley Viaduct. Looking northwest across the River Itchen and its floodplain from the permissive path along Hockley Viaduct.

Wharf Bridge, Winchester - geograph.org.uk - 1338858

Wharf Bridge, Winchester Officially the head of navigation, (although a few boats worked a short distance further upstream to serve Wharf Mill), this bridge, built in the 1760s, is the oldest surviving bridge over the River Itchen. The public right of navigation on the Itchen has never been statutorily extinguished.

Winchester College Boat Club - geograph.org.uk - 1338845

Winchester College Boat Club Photographed from Wharf Bridge. Whether this is the site of a former wharf is not known to me, but appears likely. This is privately owned, and the public launching of boats here is not allowed.

St. Catherine's Hill, Winchester, Hampshire

View of St Catherine's Hill from the water meadows

The Itchen Navigation, Winchester - geograph.org.uk - 1736965

The Itchen Navigation, Winchester A section of disused canal navigation, south of Winchester. Towpaths run along both banks.

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