Visit Winchester for Walking, Cycling, and Spectacular Scenery

Visit Winchester for Walking, Cycling, and Spectacular Scenery

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 — Winchester is home to some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. If you're looking for new adventures, there are many spectacular paths to wander. All you need is your walking shoes or a bike and the great outdoors. Get started with these suggestions.

Stroll the Sunset Walk

This self-guided walk takes you through historic eastern Winchester and up St Giles Hill, a tranquil spot with superb views across the city.  Don't forget to bring your camera, especially as the sun sets.

The walk begins in the Broadway, once a Roman thoroughfare, now dominated by a bronze statue of King Alfred the Great. Stroll from there towards St Giles Hill and admire scenic views of the River Itchen. 

The walk then passes some of the city's oldest buildings and best viewpoints, including idyllic floral displays in Abbey Gardens.

Tour Viaduct Way

This route to Winchester's restored historic railway presents fantastic landmark views framed by nature. Once a freight and passenger railway, Viaduct Way is now part of the National Cycle Route Network Route 23.

You’ll start by passing charming backdrops of the Victorian Guildhall, City Mill, Bishop's Palace, and old railway embankment. The journey continues along the River Itchen, famous for its trout, moorhens, and wild flowers.

Look out for interpretive artwork by Nicola Henshaw, marking the region’s railway heritage with wood and other media.

Cycle at Winchester Criterium & CycleFest

On 10 June, Winchester’s city centre streets will close for cycling, racing, and family activities. A full schedule of riders racing throughout the day will make for exciting viewing.

The 1 km circuit race weaves through Winchester's city centre. Riders will start at the top of the High Street, wind their way past the cathedral, and climb the long uphill drag to the finish line.

Riders can enter online via the British Cycling website. Acceptance is on a first come, first served basis.

CycleFest will also return to the Broadway this year, along with a new and improved ‘hub’ in Abbey Gardens. A range of challenges, competitions, and activities will keep the whole family entertained, including shops and stands to browse throughout the day.

The Family Cycle Ride, in partnership with South Downs National Park, marks the start of Winchester Criterium & CycleFest at 9:45 a.m. Registration is NOW OPEN.

Discover Winchester at Your Own Pace

Guided cycling is a great way to see Winchester and beyond. Bespoke Biking shows you the city's hidden gems, with the trips mainly organised around you.

You can hire a range of bikes, including hybrids, mountain bikes, tandems, and trailer bikes. Less confident cyclists can sign up for coaching and learn how to get around the city safely.

Recover at a Local Pit Stop

The Old Vine sits in a Grade II listed building, directly opposite Winchester Cathedral, where there used to be a Saxon and Norman Royal Palace.

The Wykeham Arms, decked out with original desks from Winchester College, has been quenching the thirst of travellers since 1755, including Lord Nelson.

The Green Man is a stylish enclave that specialises in locally sourced produce, extensive wine list and extraordinary cocktails.

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About Winchester

A city steeped in history, Winchester is England's ancient capital and former seat of King Alfred the Great. The medieval city is home to world-class attractions and architecture, award-winning pubs and restaurants, and a tempting array of independent shops.

Winchester lies surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of South Downs National Park.