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Malcolm Leatherdale has chosen 15 of the best short walks around Winchester and central Hampshire. Each walk comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route description and lots of images, plus information on beauty spots and refreshment stops. No challenging terrain or complicated navigation means walks can be enjoyed by everyone.


Suitable for year-round walking. A small section of Walk 9 can be quite muddy and in winter some of the other routes will also have short sections that are muddy.


Winchester, New Alresford, Hinton Ampner, Ovington, Avington, Stockbridge, Wherwell, Easton, Shawford, Itchen Abbas, Micheldever, Hunton, Longparish


All the routes are straightforward and no special equipment or challenging navigation is required. Only four of the routes have a stile to negotiate. The level of fitness required is modest apart from Walk 5 which includes a short but sharp ascent up to St Giles Hill.

Must See

The Cathedral, Kingsgate, Keats’ Walk, St Cross Almshouse, Hockley Viaduct, St Catherine’s Hill, Wolvesey Castle, The Itchen by the Weirs in Winchester, Statue of King Alfred the Great, St Giles Hill viewing platform, South Downs Way, City Mill, Westgate, Hinton Ampner, Watercress Heritage Line, New Alresford, Ovington, Stockbridge Down, Stockbridge including the dismantled Sprat and Winkle railway, Wherwell
25 Sept 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.00cm

15 of the best short walks around Winchester and central Hampshire. Our guidebook comes with easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps and clear route descriptions, and with no complicated navigation or challenging terrain, these walks can be enjoyed by everyone.

  • Easy-to-read Ordnance Survey maps, clear route descriptions and lots of images
  • Includes the Cathedral, Keat's Walk, Hockley Viaduct, Wolvesey Castle, St Giles Hill, Ovington and the South Downs
  • Most walks are under 3 hours in duration and from 3km to 11km (2–7 miles)
  • Most routes are accessible by public transport
  • Information on local history, beauty spots and refreshment stops
  • GPX files available for download

Table of Contents

By Malcolm Leatherdale

Malcolm Leatherdale has a particular interest in walking and exploring his native Hampshire. He has lived for the past 15 years a stone’s throw away from the River Test and the Test Way. Malcolm is an active cyclist and also a former marathon runner having competed several times in the London Marathon. He has written several books and a number of articles.  

Malcolm is also a member of The Ramblers and it is his passion for walking and being in the ‘great outdoors’ that has prompted this guidebook. His hope is that it will encourage others of all ages and abilities to experience the delights that come from walking generally and the Test Way and the wider Test Valley in particular.

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