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Winchester and Saint Catherine's Hill

MODERATE 10 reviews

Winchester and Saint Catherine's Hill is a 7.4 kilometer out and back trail located near Winchester, Hampshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
7.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
176 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

lake

partially paved

river

views

A circular walk from Winchester railway station in Hampshire. The walk gives a lovely mix to suit all tastes. You will have chance to explore Winchester itself, a historic bustling cathedral city, before the walk passes through the tranquil water meadows and along the River Itchen. The route then climbs Saint Catherine's Hill, the site of an ancient hill fort which provides stunning views across the city, before descending and continuing along another stretch of the river and back to the city. The walk follows a mixture of pavements, river banks, towpaths and grass paths. There are a few steady ascents/descents plus one fairly steep climb up the wooden steps to the top of Saint Catherine's Hill and a fairly steep descent down the grass/gravel paths on the other side of the hill which are uneven and can be a bit slippy (if you prefer you can adjust the walk and use the steps for the descent as well). There are no stiles, just a few gates and dogs are welcome on Saint Catherine's Hill. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

7 days ago

Took us just under two hours, lovely walk if you want to see Winchester in a couple of hours! Brilliant views from the top of St Catherine’s Hill. We started the loop at the bottom of St Catherine’s Hill rather than in the town centre (there’s a small, free car park there). Plenty of places to stop in the town centre for a quick drink!

I would recommend this to anyone who would like to see Winchester in an afternoon. This trail has it all and at the beginning/end you can incorporate the cathedral. No need to start from the station, anywhere in the city centre is fine. For a shorter version there is a car park on Garnier road.

5 months ago

I come to Winchester and St Catherine's all the time but was nice to experience it as a walk rather than two separate things to do. Thanks!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

I love St. Catherine's Hill but I have to say its beauty is now spoilt by continuous motorway noise.

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