• Pick-up: 09:30 am East Winchester Park & Ride (St. Catherine’s) SO23 9NP
  • Drop-off: 18:00 pm East Winchester Park & Ride (St. Catherine’s) SO23 9NP
  • Endurance: Easy
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Andy

Meet your guide, Andy

Hello! Andy is my name and adventure is my game! I'm a retired police officer from Hampshire and I've always been passionate about the outdoors. I have lived in Hampshire for the past 27 years and I would love to share this beautiful area with you.  心有所信,方能行遠

South Downs Historic Winchester and Hike

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History comes alive on this tour of Winchester! Enjoy the impressive historical attractions of Winchester, and learn about the natural, historic and architectural treasures of Winchester city in more depth.

Region: South Downs National Park

Trip Type: Historical & Heritage

Max Group Size: 14

Grading: Easy

Day Itinerary

Meet your guide at 09:30 am East Winchester Park & Ride (St. Catherine’s) SO23 9NP and start the day with an exploration of the rich heritage of the city of Winchester, the ancient capital of England.

The morning kicks off with a series of guided tours around the impressive historical attractions of Winchester – the best way to learn about the natural, historic and architectural treasures of Winchester city in more depth!

Explore this important Roman town through cobbled streets and ancient walls, and discover its rich and varied history, with stories and world-famous landmarks, including one of the most magnificent medieval cathedrals in Europe, and a dramatic military past.

History comes alive with a visit to the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend in Winchester’s ancient Great Hall, where you will discover Winchester’s role in English history, alongside the legends of numerous ancient monarchs of Wessex and Winchester.

Step back in time as you immerse yourself in the peaceful palace ruins of the powerful medieval Winchester bishops and learn about the moving and unique story of Gurkha service to the British Crown and its people over 200 years.

It’s time to refuel with lunch at the oldest working watermill in the country, Winchester City Mill, which has remained at the heart of Winchester since Saxon times.

In the afternoon, enjoy the undulating chalk hills of the South Downs as we trek to the famous and popular Old Winchester hill, for superb panoramic views of the South Downs and the Meon valley, before returning to Winchester for a dramatic climb to the peak of St. Catherine’s hill and stunning views as the sun sets over Winchester city.

As the day finally draws to an end, return to the drop-off at 18:00 pm East Winchester Park & Ride (St. Catherine’s) SO23 9NP.

Walk details: 7.6 km / 4.7 miles | Total ascent 80 m | approx. 2 hours

Terrain: An easy route mostly reasonably level travelling through open countryside. A small stretch of ascent, at St Catherine’s Hill with panoramic views all around. Largely obstacle free (no steps or stiles, but possibly some gates). Expect predominantly grassy track surface, mostly even but there may be soft sections.

  • Pick-up: 09:30 am East Winchester Park & Ride (St. Catherine’s) SO23 9NP
  • Drop-off: 18:00 pm East Winchester Park & Ride (St. Catherine’s) SO23 9NP Zone, Station Hill RG1 1LZ
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All entrance and activity fees
  • Snacks and local specialties
  • Full-day guided experience
  • Local knowledge, folklore, and history

You’ll need to bring:

  • Pack lunch + water
  • Suitable hiking shoes
  • Discover Arthur’s Round Table in Winchester’s Great Hall
  • Experience a guided tour of the Gurkha Museum
  • Visit the ruins of Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop’s Palace)
  • See the magnificent medieval Winchester Cathedral
  • Discover the oldest working watermill in the country
  • Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views at Old Winchester Hill and St. Catherine’s Hill
  • Immerse yourself in heritage, local history and folklore
  • Enjoy small and friendly group tours
Sunday 26th Jun 2022
Members only This tour can only be booked by members. To book this tour, sign up by purchasing 1 Year Membership.