WINCHESTER CITY HERITAGE TRAIL
BWF PT No 170 -
Walk Organiser: Peter Denison, 2 Test Cottages, St Mary Bourne, Andover, Hants, SP11
6BX. Tel: 01264-
Walk Fee: £1.00, Embroidered badge available £2.00.
Start: Five Bridges Road, St Cross Winchester SO23 9RU. [GR SU 185/474273]
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-
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 [Private No Access] where path turns away from river, up 5 steps
to road. Turn left to T-
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. Straight
on uphill to stone gateway [museum in gateway]. At gateway turn left [signpost Great
Hall], past excavated castle remains on right, across courtyard and up steps with
WW1 Memorial in front to enter the Great Hall Visitor Centre [free admission]. If
Hall closed exit down wide cobbled path to road and turn left uphill to Museums.
Turn left into souvenir shop then right into exhibition [toilets along corridor
to right]. Turn left and through door down steps into Great Hall. Through Great
Hall and with Round Table behind you exit Hall through doorway on right and through
garden up steps to road. Turn right past Gurkha Museum, then turn right past The
Rifles Museums to road. If Great Hall closed route rejoins here but worth looking
in at Museums, etc. Turn right downhill past stone gateway to traffic lights. Turn
left [Jewry Street], straight on to traffic lights at X-
Q5. When was Hyde Garden opened?
Continue through garden, down ramp, over stream [note pew-
Q6 . 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]. Through gate, straight on through kissing gate, stream on right through two more gates to track. Straight on to Five Bridges Road.
Route updated 14 April 2016
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