Walk or cycle to Winchester’s restored historic railway. Approx 2.6 miles – 1 hour.
Opened in 1891, the Hockley Viaduct was part of the Didcot to Southampton railway. It closed to passengers in 1960, and to freight in 1966 as part of the national programme of closures proposed by Dr Richard Beeching. Winchester City Council acquired the viaduct in 1968. Until recently, the viaduct was in a state of disrepair. It has now been repaired to begin a new life as part of the National Cycle Route Network Route 23, for walkers and cyclists to enjoy. Take the Viaduct Way and enjoy some scenic views from a lovingly restored local landmark.
As you continue along the path look out for the stone barge and the remains of the old St Catherine’s lock and mill. While you are here why not take a detour up St Catherine’s Hill to see the spectacular views of the city. Take a rest on the railway bench before you walk up onto the viaduct. The slats have been intensively burnt to create track and sleepers with natural oak ballast in between.