BWF PT No 170 - 13km

Walk Organiser: Peter Denison, 2 Test Cottages, St Mary Bourne, Andover, Hants, SP11 6BX. Tel: 01264-738569.

Walk Fee: £1.00, Embroidered badge available £2.00.

Start: Five Bridges Road, St Cross Winchester SO23 9RU. [GR SU 185/474273]

Route Directions

From parking spaces on Five Bridges Road go past barrier on road closed to traffic, over bridges.

Q1. Just after 4th bridge, date on boundary marker on left?

Through gate at end to T-junction, turn left and follow path under bridge.  800m at entrance to St Catherine’s Hill, by Information Board, turn right through gate and posts, bear left up steps.  At top of steps go round or through trees on summit of hill to mismaze. [Going to left side of trees gives excellent view of St Cross and the City.  Through the trees the stand of beeches on the mound just back from the mismaze is the site of the medieval chapel.]

Continue from mismaze away from the big beech trees to go through gap in earth bank. Turn left on stony path downhill, then after 80m bear right descending by wooden rails then down steps.  Continue downhill on path, through kissing gate and under archway into car park.

Q2. On left immediately through archway is a Notice Board about St Catherine’s Hill.  Why was it dedicated to St Catherine?

Leave car park to road, turn left and turn right before river [signpost Pilgrims Trail]. Straight on with river on left following path with playing fields then houses on right, to gate where path turns away from river, up 5 [one very worn] steps to road.  Turn left to T-junction, turn right [Wharf Hill] on right hand pavement and follow to right uphill past Black Boy PH [interesting eccentric interior] to X-roads.  Straight on up East Hill [pedestrian crossing to left].  Keep left at junction [Quarry Road], straight on past St Giles Close, 25m at railings turn left into park.  Immediately turn right [St Giles Hill Viewpoint] to top of steps.  Turn left around summit of hill, straight on at X-paths down concrete steps to viewpoint visible to right.

Q3. On stone by viewpoint is a bronze disc.  At the bottom when was the last Saxon Earl executed?

From viewpoint turn left and continue around top of hill to first gap in railings on left.  Turn left down first flight of 45 steps only.  Turn left on path through trees, straight on tarmac path keeping to right.  50m turn right past cast iron bollard down steps to road.  Turn left.  Just after pedestrian crossing turn right immediately before Black Rat Restaurant down passageway, straight on along pavement to car park and bridge over river in front of mill.

Q4.  At far end of bridge is an information plaque on mill wall.  From what did the medieval mill take its name?

Turn right with river on right to road.  Turn left up High Street past King Alfred’s statue into pedestrianised part of street.  Straight on to traffic lights.  Turn left on Southgate Street.  Immediately after The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum on right, turn right up Archery Lane, past church on left.  At paths junction before steps turn left behind church then turn right.  At end turn left past Beaumond Green on left.  Opposite the end of garden wall on left turn right up narrow steps past Peninsular Square sign.  At top turn right up more steps to Peninsular Barracks Square.

Q5.  On notice board on right, what did Henry III build at this spot?

Head diagonally left across square, past fountains, to far left corner.  Continue ahead, through gates to road.  Turn right downhill.  [At paint-spot roundabout before stone archway the wide cobbled path to right leads to the Great Hall.  Entry is now charged at £3.00 for adults, £2.50 for concessions.  Unfortunately if you want to see the hall or the Round Table there is no alternative.  Exit is through the gift shop back into the courtyard.]  Continue downhill through stone gateway.[Museum above arch, entrance around right side of arch.  Seasonal opening times.]  At traffic lights turn left [Jewry Street], straight on to traffic lights at X-roads, straight on [Hyde Street].  Turn right into Hyde Gate, 50m bear left through walkway under housing to pass through the Hyde Gate.  Turn right then straight on over stream, continue straight on [Alswitha Terrace on right] to gap in wall at end, with notice board on left.

Q6.  When was Hyde Garden opened?

Continue through garden, down ramp, over stream [note pew-style railings on bridge], turn right follow path round keeping stream on right, over humpty-back bridge.  Turn right, straight on over bridge towards white building, turn left then turn right on street between Winchester School of Art buildings.  At junction straight on [Middle Brook Street] cross to left side at end to use pedestrian crossing and continue straight on pedestrianised street across junction, past Marks & Spencer to T-junction.  Bear right under archway [toilets on right at end] across road bearing to right on flagged path to right hand end of Cathedral.  Follow path across Cathedral west front and turn left through bollards and archways keeping alongside Cathedral.  Turn right with grass area on right [Dean Garnier Gardens on left afford unusual views of Cathedral]. At end of square bear left, 20m bear right [signpost Wolvesey Castle] to gateway.  Turn right through gate, immediately left under arch with church above, and left again into College Street.  After 100m……..

Q7.  Which famous novelist died in house to your right?

At end of college wall on right, turn right [College Walk].  At end turn right [signpost St Cross].  At end turn left through gap in railings continuing on footpath with stream on right.  Straight on over road [signpost St Cross Hospital] on Clarendon Way.  Ignore footbridge on right.  Straight on through gate, over wooden footbridge then ahead to left of wall of St Cross [well worth a visit].  Straight on through two kissing gates, then with stream on right through two more gates to track.  Straight on to Five Bridges Road.

Route updated 26 July 2017