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About The Place…
Here’s an alternative to climbing up St. Catherine’s Hill to the Mizmaze: hike along the River Itchen from the same car park (its off of Garnier Road at the bridge over the river). The story of our first hike is on our blog.Â There are a ton more photos, of course, in our gallery.
Wind your way up to Winchester College and onto Winchester Cathedral. There, take in Winchester’s High Street and get some lunch, before returning via another tributary of the river. Stop off to see a cricket game and Wolvesey Palace (ruins).
All told, its about 2.9 miles, or 4.7km. Our 2 (and a half) year old and 4 (and a half) year old both enjoyed the walk; and managed to make it back to the car park with only the last bit on daddy’s and mummy’s shoulders.
|11:30||Leave Garnier Road / St. Catherine’s Hill car park|
|12:25||Winchester High Street, have lunch*, do shopping|
|13:30||Head down High Street to park|
|13:40||Playground at Abbey Mill and Gardens, have a play, and a poo|
|14:30||Leave playground by Colebrook Street exit|
|14:40||River Itchen near Winchester City Mill|
|14:50||Winchester College again; Watch cricket; Visit Wolvesey Palace (ruins)|
|15:40||Leave Wolvesey Palace; Follow tributary of Itchen|
|16:15||Finish back at Garnier Road car park|
*for lunch: the pastry shop right in front of the High (Butter) Cross monument serves ham & cheese [and other fillings] croissants. They also make nice cappuccinos. They have seating upstairs; the toilets are another floor up and are in need of a bit of tender loving care.
So, it took us just under 5 hours — but that’s with lunch, shopping and fun at the playground and ruins (in other words – a fun day out!).
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Park at the car park for St. Catherine’s Hill, which is off of Garnier Road, Winchester, Hampshire, UK.