Vibrant. Ancient. Cultured.  Could this be a description of the intrepid duo? We do tick two of the boxes………. actually no, it is the strapline of the Visit Winchester website!  Home to a world-famous Cathedral with the longest medieval nave in Europe, and Winchester College – one of the oldest continuously-running schools in the country founded by Bishop William of Wykeham, Winchester certainly boasts an impressive array of historical attractions.  And two more were visiting today!



Today, we just took the one car, but first of all had to negotiate all the cyclists taking part in the Petersfield Triathalon at Churcher’s College. We would of course have taken part but our walk was already in our diaries. Our destination was Winchester City centre to park (free on Sundays) then we walked round to the Guildhall expecting to see the massed taxi rank, but there was not a single taxi in sight, so we had to phone for one.  Our driver checked twice that we really wanted to go to Cheesefoot Head (yes please, that’s correct).


So we were soon walking and what a difference a day makes – to the weather. Yesterday was awful, low cloud and drizzle which never cleared all day, this morning we had clear blue skies, fluffy clouds and quite a stiff breeze which was so refreshing after the muggy days we have had recently.


We continued to walk towards Winchester, crossing over the M3 and through some back roads until we reached the main road into the centre and to the start (or end) of the South Downs Way at King Alfred’s statue.


Today’s walk was a short and easy leg, just 3.5 miles with no ups – because we chose to walk from east to west so that we could finish in Winchester.  It would have been a different story had we started in the city.


PS Some interesting information concerning a chap called William Walker the diver who saved the Cathedral

  Dennis – “which one do you think has the tastiest sandwich?”
  
Brian – “I don’t think it matters, neither look the sharing type!”

1

Winchester to Cheesefoot Head

Sun 21 Sep 2014

3.5 miles

2

Cheesefoot Head to Beauworth

Sun 31 Aug 2014

5.5 miles

3

Beauworth to Exton

Sat 2 Aug 2014

4 miles

4

Exton to Old Winchester Hill

Mon 28 Jul 2014

3.125 miles

5

Old Winchester Hill to East Meon

Mon 5 May 2014

5 miles

6

East Meon to Petersfield

Sat 12 Apr 2014

4.5 miles

7

Q.E. Park to Harting Hill

Thu 10 Apr 2014

5.5 miles

8

Harting Hill to Cocking

Thu 17 Apr 2014

7 miles

9

Cocking to Duncton

Thu 15 May 2014

5.25 miles

10

Duncton to Bury Hill

Sat 23 Aug 2014

5 miles

11

Bury Hill to Storrington

Sat 23 May 2015

6 miles

South Downs Way legs

Leg 1
Winchester to

Cheesefoot Head
3.5 miles

Next leg>

12

Storrington to Washington

Fri 11 Sep 2015

4 miles

13

Washington to beyond Chanctonbury Ring

Sun 6 Sep 2015

2.75 miles

14

Chanctonbury Ring to Beeding

Sun 20 Sep 2015

4.5 miles

15

Beeding to Devil’s Dyke

Sun 4 Oct 2015

5.25 miles

16

Devil’s Dyke to Ditchling Beacon

Sun 5 Jun 2016

6 miles

17

Ditchling Beacon to Housedean Farm

Tue 21 Jun 2016

5 miles

18

Housedean farm to Southease

Sun 31 Jul 2016

7 miles

19

Southease to Alfriston

Tue 6 Sep 2016

7 miles

20

Alfriston to Cuckmere River

Mon 26 Sep
2016

3 miles

21

Cuckmere River to Birling Gap

Fri 7 Oct
2016

5 miles

22

Birling Gap to Eastbourne

Mon 10 Oct
2016

5 miles

The views across the city and the surrounding countryside were superb.  The luncheon adjournment was taken early as we didn’t want to eat whilst looking over the M3.  We had quite a feast – the sandwiches were ham and cream cheese on white, salmon and watercress on seeded wholemeal, then tangerines, grapes and raspberries, Kit Kat and malt loaf!



South Downs Odyssey
Odýssey n. a long, wandering and eventful journey!