GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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 Itchen Abbas. 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.

St Swithun's Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

St Swithun's Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Plough in Itchen Abbas is a pleasant place for a pit stop. It's a traditional country inn with a fine menu and a patio area for warmer days. You can find it at postcode SO21 1BQ for your sat navs.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


St Swithun's Way approaching Winchester - - 1778616

Cyclist on the St Swithun's Way approaching Winchester. The path replicates, as nearly as possible, the route followed along the Itchen valley by Medieval travellers to the city. The cycle path element is just local.

St Swithun's Way - - 2957851


Upper Woodside Farm, Lower Farringdon - - 243933

Upper Woodside Farm, Lower Farringdon. Looking from the St Swithun's Way, on the edge of New Copse, towards Upper Woodside Farm (on the left). Lower Woodside Farm is also visible with a brighter roof to the left of the bigger tree.

Itchen Marshes - - 981942

Itchen Marshes. A small side channel of the Itchen

St Swithun's Way - - 981894

St Swithun's Way and King's Way to the north of Abbotts Barton, looking south. To the left is the flat marshland of the Itchen flood plain and to the right an arable field rises on the chalk.

Farm Track Crossing the Itchen Way - - 952377

Farm Track Crossing the Itchen Way Looking down a farm track to the east of the golf course. The Itchen Way and St Swithun's Way cross from right to left.

Itchen Way, West of Easton Bridge - - 980607

West of Easton Bridge. Heading west past a field of maize towards the M3.

Bridge near Itchen Abbas - - 742951

Bridge near Itchen Abbas. One channel of the River Itchen runs under this small bridge on the road from Itchen Abbas to Avington.

GPS Files

GPX File

St Swithuns Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

St Swithuns Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)