SDW Day 6 (Exton – Winchester)

Farmland on the South Downs near Winchester A view to the north near Winchester Alfred in Winchester at the end of the South Downs Way

It was a short final stage heading from Exton to Winchester, just 13 miles and thankfully the rain had stopped.

They take their hunting seriously here... There seemed to be more scared pheasants in the fields today, though some of the cover crops were more interesting with variously colourful arable weeds in flower. It could have been the weekend shoots that were keeping the pheasants on edge, or it might have been the tanks, guns and other tracked vehicles that were roaming around a couple of fields.

Upon reaching Winchester I quickly found the cathedral grounds were preferable over the high street, and after a brief lunch headed back after successfully completing the South Downs Way.

The initial stages of the walk were by far the most interesting, with some fabulous views, though I am sure as autumn develops the woodlands of the western end will become much richer and vibrant – and more worthy of a visit.

Center of map
Route
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One thought on “SDW Day 6 (Exton – Winchester)

  1. Hi there – I enjoyed reading your blog. I also blog about travelling, including cycling the South Downs Way and walking the West Highland Way last year (you should do the WHW – it’s brilliant). Anyway I especially like the map on this page – I’ll have to do something like that for the next trip I blog..