Winchester
Winchester..
A city Walk..

Winchester is a historic cathedral city and former capital city of England. It is the county town of Hampshire, in South East England. Winchester developed from the Roman town of Venta Belgarum. Winchester's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the distinction of having the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The town is also home to the University of Winchester and the famous public school, Winchester College.
The Walk.
From the Buttercross in the High Street (see picture), go behind and through the covered way past the church of St Lawrence to the outdoor cafes. You will soon reach the city museum. To your right is the Old Vine hotel and to your left is the Eclipse pub. Enter the Cathedral Grounds and walk under the trees to the front of the cathedral and its gift shop. Just to the right of the cathedral you will find the cloisters. Walk through these and out into the Inner Close. The lovely buildings of the Inner Close include the ruined chapter house, the 14th century deanery and Pilgrims School where the cathedral choristers and Winchester College quiristors are educated. Walk on to Cheyney Court, formerly the Bishops Courthouse. Leave the Inner Close by St Swithuns Gate, adjacent to Cheney Court. On your left is Kingsgate, one of only two surviving city gates, with the tiny church of ST-Swithun-upon-Kingsgate above. Go under Kingsgate, turn left and you will be in College Street. Just across the road is the Wykeham Arms, well worth a visit. This area of Winchester is dominated by Winchester College, founded in 1382 by Bishop William of Wykeham. Tours are available. Jane Austen spent the last few weeks of her life at number 8 College Street where she completed her last novel Persuasion. At the end of College Street on your left is the present day bishop's palace Wolvesey. Turn right into College Walk. At the end turn right, then left into the path though the water meadows. Walk through the water meadows beside angler Izaak Walton's river Itchen.

Buttercross
City Museum
The City Museum
The Eclipse
The Buttercross Stephen McKay
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The Eclipse
Old Vine Hotel
Cathedral
The Old Vine Hotel
Winchester Cathedral
The Cloisters
Cheyney Court
The Cloisters
Cheyney Court
St Swithun upon Kingsgate
Wykeham Arms
St-Swithun-upon-Kingsgate
The Wykeham Arms
Jane Austen's House
Water Meadows
Jane Austen's House
Water Meadows

When you have walked through the Water Meadows for as long as you wish, retrace your steps back to College Street. Carry on in the same direction as before taking the footpath. Round the bend in the path pointing right you can follow the sign to St Giles Veiwpoint and visit the amazing Black Boy Pub. After your visit, return and continue along the path. Keep straight on, taking either fork. When you reach the road you will see the City Mill in front of you.(National Trust). Worth a short visit. To you left is the Bishop on the Bridge pub, Fullers. Head along to the high street to see King Alfreds Statue and visit the lovely Abbey Gardens on your left. You may also like to visit the market. Walking on will bring you back to the Buttercross.
Black Boy Pub
River Itchen
The Black Boy Pub
River Itchen
King Alfred
River Itchen
Nearly back to the road.
City Mill
City Mill
King Alfred