Viaduct Way

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Introduction

History and heritage
Family friendly
dog: Dog friendly
City centre
Cycle trail
Nature

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.

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Guildhall Winchester

Begin at the Victorian Guildhall Winchester; turn right onto Broadway, passing King Alfred’s Statue.

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Winchester City Mill

When you draw parallel with Winchester City Mill on your left, turn right onto the river path. Follow the path along the river eventually bearing to the right on to College Street.

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College Street

On your right is the present-day Bishop’s Palace. Beyond lie the ruins of the extensive palace of the medieval bishops, known as Wolvesey Castle

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River Itchen

Turn left into College Walk and then right into Domum Road, keep a lookout for the Viaduct Way route markers and information boards designed by local artist Nicola Henshaw and inspired by pupils at All Saints Primary School Winchester.

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Garnier Road car park

Continue along the path until you pass under a small bridge, bringing you out into the Garnier Road car park.

Here turn left and continue to follow the path along the Itchen Navigation (see the information board).

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The Hospital of St Cross

Through the trees on the right you will be able to see the Hospital of St Cross. Founded in 1132, the hospital is home to 25 Brothers and continues to provide refreshments for travellers.

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St Catherine’s lock and mill

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.

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Hockley Viaduct

At the end of the pathway go straight over the crossroads and up the ramp (signposted Cycle Route 23) onto the Hockley Viaduct.

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South Winchester Park & Ride

Go straight across the arm of the roundabout. Follow the path up to Otterbourne Road which will lead you to South Winchester Park & Ride

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