Winchester Trails

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Explore the Winchester district with the self-guided trails below. Discover historic hidden gems, walk in the footsteps of literary favourites and enjoy the stunning Hampshire countryside. Open the trail on your mobile as you walk the route for directions and fascinating information about the points of interest as you find them

Keats walk

The English Romantic poet, John Keats, stayed in Winchester during the late summer and early autumn of 1819. Keats enjoyed a daily walk through the Cathedral Close and water meadows to St Cross.
Inspired by the natural beauty of Winchester on Sunday 19 September 1819 he penned his ode ‘To Autumn’ on his return. The area has changed little in the 200 years since Keats visited - read on and take the walk yourself...
dog: Dog friendly
City centre
Shorter walk

Sunset walk

( 1.5 miles )

A romantic walk through picturesque Winchester

The Otter Trail

Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to bring the local business community together to show its appreciation for all key workers by hosting a COVID-safe Otter Trail. The Otter Trail will be a free city-wide trail.

Across the city, every participating shop and business will display a key worker Otter in its window and a brightly coloured window sticker showing a QR code that directs you to a website for more details plus a map of Otter locations. Winchester businesses want to say thank you to all key workers, by hosting an Otter, for their incredible hard work over the last challenging year.

There are 30 Otters in total located around the city, each with their own identity from a variety of different key worker roles including doctors, nurses, teachers, police, military and many more.

City Walk

( 132.2 miles )

A tour of King Alfred's Winchester. The heart of the ancient capital.
children

The Nutcracker Christmas Trail

( feet )

Find the names of the 14 Nutcracker Kings located in Winchester city centre and enter the draw to win a prize hamper of goodies