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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 downlandcovered in wild flowers including bird's-foot trefoil, saladburnet, dropwort and several types of orchid. This attracts 25 different types of butterfly such as marbled white,chalkhillblue and brownargus. There are also the ramparts of anIron Agehill 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 meadowandwet pasture, with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for. Near here is another popular little climb to St Gile's Hill. There's another nice viewpoint with a little park, an information board and fine views over the cathedral, college and castle.

St Catherine's Hill Winchester Postcode

SO23 9PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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