This is an approximately 12.5 mile (20km) circular walk from Winchester. We will start the walk at Winchester railway station. From there will join the Clarendon Way around the west side of the town to the village of Shawford. From there we will cross Twyford Down, part of the South Downs to St Catherine’s Hill.
St. Catherine's Hill is a fine example of a Celtic Iron Age hillfort. The rampart and ditch of the fort are still in evidence, and the crown of trees at the top of the hill has a rather mystical feel, perhaps because they grow on the site of a medieval chapel. The Mismaze on the summit of the hill is a complete mystery. Some say it is ancient, perhaps a penance for monks, while other recon is it more modern.
We will finish the walk around 4pm with a visit to the Winchester Christmas Market.
Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. The market features wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods. After a glass of gluehwein and a snack at the market, we will return to Winchester station around 5.30pm.
NB. The precise route and timings may vary depending on the weather conditions and the speed of the group.
Please bring a waterproof jacket and trousers, and wear suitable footwear, as the paths are likely to be muddy. It is also advisable to bring a torch if you have one in case we get delayed.
Travel by train from London Waterloo (departing 9.35am) to Winchester, arriving at 10.32am. Train return ticket to Winchester with Groupsave (requires a minimum of 3 people) @ £22.85 per person. We will meet at London Waterloo railway station outside Foyle's bookshop adjacent to the ticket office and to Exit 4 Tenison Way at 9am to buy group saver tickets.
For car drivers, there are many car parks in the centre of Winchester. There is also a park and ride near to Junction 9 on the M3. Please be aware that there will be heavy demand for parking in the pre-Christmas period. If you are arriving by car, please allow plenty of time to find a parking place.
Please bring your own packed lunch which we will have on the route at a suitable picnic spot. We will stop for refreshments at the Christmas market at the end of the walk.
There are frequent trains back to London. The precise return time depends on the pace of the group, but is likely to be between 5pm and 6pm. Please consider yourself committed for the entire day.
Moderate. Since the days in December are quite short, we need to keep a reasonably brisk pace. There is a short steep climb up St Catherine’s Hill, but otherwise the walk is quite flat.
A note about the Outdoor Adventure Club:
The OAC is a 'not for profit' organisation under the supervision of the government appointed CIC Regulator. It is run entirely for the benefit for its members and organisers receive no financial gain for the time and skills they volunteer.
A contribution of £5 is requested for this walk because currently we need to raise money so we can develop a fund to pay for training and provide basic equipment for a leadership team. This team will need first aid skills and proper navigation training which is quite costly. On top of this we need to pay for insurance and accountancy fees. It all adds up and your contribution is greatly appreciated. However if you are unemployed or facing financial hardship please let us know and we are happy for you to join the walk without making any financial contribution.
looking forward to lots of outdoor adventure :-)
I enjoy hiking and mountaineering in both summer and winter.
I love hiking and meeting people of different nationalities.
I love hiking, and I want to see more of our beautiful countryside.
I'm a returned former expat who loves hiking and being under the big blue sky.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.