St Catherine's Hill, Winchester

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  • On this cold and frosty morning we unbelievably managed to pull ourselves from under our duvet and went for a walk with our two Jack Russell's Tilly & Rees . What a refreshing experience walking along...  more »
  • There is a walk called Itchen Way that will lead to St. Catherine's hill but it is a distance from the end of Winchester high street and you will need a dry day. Good veiws.  more »
  • Had a lovely walk up, great spot to get view of Winchester Uni (and the M3). No sign of the maze or a chapel? Confused.  more »
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  • Beautiful location on the edge of the South Downs with stunning views of Winchester. There is free parking for this place down Garnier Road and also by the Viaduct at Hockley Link in the lay-by. You can still see the ancient earthworks from when the site was occupied by the Ancient British tribes. There is a lovely walk by the river here too and look out for the remains of the woodmill at the bottom of the hill. Also learn about the plague pits that run along the valley at the bottom of the hill. The wildlife i spectacular here too. You might see the odd deer and listen out for cuckoos in spring, a rare sound.
  • Fantastic place to let off steam, Get them Hiking Boots on and take the kids and pets out for a nice walk
  • Great option for a sunny weekend with the family and children or to stretch your legs. Offers great views across the Itchen Navigation and Winchester. Steep Iron Age, Roman and Medieval history, not to mention a SSSI for its rich herb flora and population of butterflies. Anyone who says the steps are "hard going"... wow, it's not a mountain. Any fitness level can do it. The incline is gentle. And there's plenty of room for people to overtake. The steps are very wide, deep and are slip-proof. Unfortunately there's the background noise of the M3, which spoils the tranquility of the downland, and you can peer into the cutting as you stand on the south border of the site. Nice footpath loop from Hazeley across the Golf Course to the hill via the footbridge, across and down by the canal along the towpath, under the bridge on the B3335 towards Twyford and back to Hazeley parking.
  • We took the kingfisher trail which included St Catherine's Hill. Quite a climb but worth it for the stunning views
  • Maybe the nicest place within a shory walk from Winchester. Great views!

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Hotels, B&Bs, and inns offer rooms on the upper floors of the historical town center's Victorian, Georgian, and Tudor buildings. These look out over the pedestrian streets, markets, and shops, as well as provide a convenient location to the main attractions. Cottages for rent near the River Itchen are set among thick trees near the water, but are still within walking distance of many of the city attractions.
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