Walking the Clarendon Way
Part four- Oliver's Battery to Winchester
Distance: 3.5 miles
Approx time: 1 - 2 hours
Walk down Whiteshute Lane, and cross the railway-line footbridge to St Cross, England's oldest and most perfect almshouse. Founded in 1132, The Hospital of St Cross is famous worldwide for its unique tradition of Wayfarer's Dole, a drink of beer and some bread, still given at the Porter's Gate for a small charge to visitors who request it.
Across the river you can see the rounded shape of the Iron Age hill fort of St Catherine's Hill overlooking the valley. On into the city, the path passes between Winchester College playing-fields and the water meadows. The path turns right at the Bishop's house and circles around the outside of the old city wall. Past the ruins of Wolvesey Palace, the route continues beside the river to Bridge Street and the City Mill that dates from 1743 - the only surviving mill in Winchester. Turn left towards King Alfred's statue, past the almshouses of St John's Hospital and the Guildhall, and finish at the beautiful Winchester Cathedral, and the final resting place of Jane Austen.
View from Farley Mount
Refreshments: The Silver Plough, Pitton, Lord Nelson Arms, Middle Winterslow and Tally Ho Inn, Broughton
Accommodation: You can walk on past Houghton and then take a detour down the Test Way and find accommodation in Stockbridge.
Public Transport: Broughton, Wilts and Dorset bus service.