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The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail

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The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail stretches from Winchester in the north, to Woodmill near Swaythling in the south. As it follows the route of a waterway, the trail is mainly flat and level, however there are some locations with stiles, gates or gradients. The walking route is well way-marked with the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail logo directional arrows on posts. Thanks to the hard work of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the footpaths alongside the Navigation have been restored and improved for most of its distance, and various structures along the way have been repaired or made safe. Without this wonderful work, the waterway would have remained a stagnant, derelict and unappreciated shadow of its former self.

The route

The route is around ten miles, or 16km from Winchester to Woodmill, and can be walked in one day if you are an experienced walker. For many people, breaking the route into smaller sections is probably more manageable. This also allows for several visits to be made, and that increases the chances of seeing something different on each occasion.

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