Sunset walk

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Introduction

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City centre
Shorter walk

A romantic walk through picturesque Winchester.

The Sunset walk is a self-guided circular trail of approximately 1¼ miles through the beautiful and historic eastern part of Winchester.

Encompassing St Giles Hill, The Weirs and Abbey Gardens, the walk passes some of the city’s oldest buildings and most exquisite scenes.

The walk is a photographer’s joy and will delight at any time of the day, however, the panoramic view of the city from St Giles Hill is arguably at its best as the sun sets.

The walk begins in the Broadway, originally a Roman thoroughfare, which is dominated by a bronze statue of King Alfred the Great erected in 1901.

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King Alfred the Great Statue

King Alfred made Winchester his seat of power, introduced laws, stimulated scholarship and encouraged use of a new language which became ‘English’.

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Abbey House

Abbey House, beside the Victorian Guildhall, dates from 1680 and is the Mayor’s official residence.

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River Itchen crossing

This was the main river crossing into Winchester. Here, the City Bridge and the East Gate allowed access to and from the Roman, Saxon and medieval city.

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Winchester City Mill

The City Mill, owned by the National Trust, was built in 1744. There has been a mill on this site since the 10th century.

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The Chesil Rectory

Notice to the right a timber framed house, the Chesil Rectory, which
dates from 1450 and is now a multiple 5 award-winning restaurant.

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St John the Baptist Church

St John the Baptist is one of Winchester’s oldest parish churches. It was built in the 12th century and retains a medieval air with wall paintings inside on the north wall.

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The Old Blue Boar

The Old Blue Boar dates from the 14th century, some believe it to be Winchester’s oldest house.

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St Giles viewpoint

At St Giles viewpoint there are seats to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Winchester.

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The Weirs

You are now following a riverside walk known as The Weirs, next to the medieval city walls.

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Colebrook Street

Colebrook Street marked the boundary of St Mary’s Abbey. It is said that two historic figures once lodged in the street.

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Abbey Gardens

The entrance to Abbey Gardens is through an 18th century temple façade which was built as a frontage for the Abbey Mill, whose mill stream you cross.

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Scented garden

Excavated foundations of the abbey church can be seen in Abbey Passage, next to the Guildhall. Tucked into the corner of Abbey House is a scented garden 12 for blind people.

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