GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

St Catherine's Hill Christchurch

2 miles (2.5 km)

This hill to the north of Christchurch stands at53-metres (174ft). A climb to the top is rewarded with super views of the surrounding countryside and the River Avon with the coast and the Isle of Wight beyond. As well as the great views the area is covered with attractive heathland and coniferous forest to explore. There's also an abundance of wildlife with Dartford Warbler, Sand Lizard, Smooth Snake, Adder, Nightjar, Hobby, Grayling,Silver-studded Blue, Scarce Chaser and White-legged Damselfly to look out for.
It's also easy to extend your walk by picking up a footpath north to Town Common and Blackwater Hill where there are great views over the River Stour. Just beyond Blackwater Hill is the Sopley Common Nature Reserve. Here you'll find dry heathland, covered with purple heather, and a variety of wildlife including lizards & smooth snakes, heath grasshoppers, wood tiger beetle & grayling butterfly. All in all St Catherine's Hill and the area around it makes for a splendid long or short walk.
To extend your walk you could visit Christchurch Harbour and Hengistbury Head where there are more great views of the area.

St Catherine's Hill Christchurch Postcode

BH23 2TW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

St Catherine's Hill Christchurch OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

St Catherine's Hill Christchurch Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

St Catherine's Hill, Christchurch - geograph.org.uk - 1059768

St Catherine's Hill, Christchurch View from near the hilltop looking east; Avon river in the distance

Telecommunication masts on top of St Catherine's Hill, Christchurch - geograph.org.uk - 747011

Telecommunication masts on top of St Catherine's Hill, Christchurch Mainly mobile phone nowadays.

Christchurch Priory from St Catherine's Hill

View from St Catherine's Hill across Christchurch towards the Priory and Hengistbury Head.

Eastern Slopes of St Catherine's Hill and Town Common

View over the Eastern Slopes and Town Common from St Catherine's Hill in Dorset.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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