Clues To Go    -     Winchester

A pleasant stroll starting in the town centre, then along a stretch of the river Itchen before visiting the vicinities of the College & Cathedral and then returning to the High Street. Many of the answers on this route can be found on information plaques along the way but also some are embedded in the historical buildings.

The cathedral itself is worth visiting. Being 1000 years old, its a facinating medieval church but also it is the final resting place of the novelist Jane Austin, interred under the north aisle of the nave and also commemorated with a memorial window. The cathedral has in recent years been used as a film location for The Da Vinci Code (doubling as the Vatican) and also for 'Elizabeth, the Golden Age'.

The history of Winchester goes all the way back to 150BC and its story is the story of England. In the year 871AD, King Alfred the Great was crowned here and he made it England's Capital, before London. The construction of the famous cathedral commenced in 1079.

The legend of St Swithin comes from Winchester, as after his remains were moved from the grounds of the cathedral, against his dying wishes, it rained for 40 days. The legend says that now, if it rains on his saint's day, 15th July, it will rain for another 39 days!

This route is suitable for all - familes, friends or work colleagues and is wheelchair accessable.

Car parking is signposted as you approach the town.

The town centre provides plenty of possibilities for refreshement after the walk, in pubs, cafes and restaurants

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