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Discover 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

Would you like to explore the best of Winchester? This guidebook covers 15 of the best short walks in the area (between 3 and 11km), including the Cathedral, Keat's Walk, Hockley Viaduct, Wolvesey Castle, St Giles Hill, Ovington and the South Downs.

Cicerone’s Short Walks guides contain everything you need to get outdoors and discover the best of an area. The walks are perfect if you’re new to walking or looking for something you can enjoy with the whole family.

What sets these guidebooks apart from the rest?

  • Walks under three hours, plus one challenge route
  • Easy to follow with clear route descriptions
  • Facilities, parking and highlights for every route
  • No specialist gear needed, walk all year round
  • Ordnance Survey mapping

Let the adventures begin! 

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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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