2017-12-17, 9:15 am
London Waterloo station, SE1 8SW, London
Join us for a walk that will take you in all of the historical points of interest in the ancient city of Winchester, and some of its prettiest streets! It will carry you on out along the idyllic River Itchen to St Catherines Hill, the iron age hillfort, from where there are spectacular views of the city. From there you will cross some typical Hampshire downland, before descending to a section of ancient water meadows… You will also visit one of the best in Europe Christmas markets with its unique location, high-quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere!
In the afternoon, the walk again climbs up onto the downs, giving fine distant views of Winchester Cathedral, before descending to the ancient Hospital of St Cross, along the water meadows and past Winchester College.
From legend and lore to awe-inspiring architecture, Winchester is a treasure trove of English heritage.
Length: 18 km (11.2 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Lunch: We will have lunch at the local pub in the middle of the hike, approximately at 1:00 pm.
What’s included: guided hike, visit to the Christmas market, train tickets, admin fee.
What’s not included: food, drinks, souvenirs.
Winchester is a cathedral city steeped in history. It was founded by the Romans close to a major iron age hillfort, it was the capital of the Saxon kingdom of Wessex under Alfred the Great, it was a major royal city under the medieval kings, and it is the home of one of the country’s most famous public schools, Winchester College.
It’s the burial place of many of England’s Kings, Queens, Saints, and famous people such as Jane Austen, Izaac Walton and Keats. Here the rule of Common Law was established, the Domesday Book compiled, and the Winchester Bible written. Many ancient institutions, such as hospitals, schools and religious foundations still survive to influence daily life in the City.
Today, Winchester combines the best of city life with the freshness of the surrounding countryside. One hour from London, this is England as it ought to be.
Home of good food and the country’s largest farmers’ market, birthplace of the modern game of cricket, resting place of author Jane Austen and inspiration to the many craft-makers and artists who live here, Winchester is truly a destination for all seasons.
Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. Now recognised as one of the best in Europe with its unique location, high-quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.
This Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All the exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink at the Christmas Market. You’ll find chalets selling festive favourites such as, mulled wine, bratwurst, mince pies and stollen. Alternatively, our Cathedral Refectory and ice rink café provide a warm and comfortable setting with plenty of seating and great menus.
Meeting point and time:
We will meet at 09:15 am at London Waterloo station near the information point (see the map below).
We will make our way to the platform at 09:25 a.m. If you are late I’m afraid we will not be able to wait and you will be missing the trip. Of course, if you want, you can try to catch up with us at the platform, but the host will be making sure the group gets on the right train, so you will have to figure out the way. Also, you will have to find another way of getting in as I will have your train ticket.
Train*: We will aim to take the 09:35 am train from London Waterloo, arriving in Winchester at 10:45 am.
*Please note that as the rail network is very unreliable, those details might change depending on the train delays and we may take an earlier or later train. The decision might need to be taken by the leader on the spot to suit the group’s needs. If you do not arrive at the meeting time, we can not guarantee that you will be able to catch up with the group as the leader may not be able to update you about any changes – even if you call or message them, as sometimes the phone network might not be available and often they might be busy taking care of the group. Leader’s priority will always have to be the customers that arrived on time. We add the train details in order to help you out if you have problems getting to the meeting point on time, but take no responsibility for any changes – so the only way to ensure you do not miss out on the event is to arrive on time at the meeting point.
Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather. We will not cancel the trip unless the conditions make it dangerous for us to make the walk. If the trip was cancelled you would, of course, be refunded.
It is very difficult to predict exact return time as it depends on the walking speed of the particular group and the choices we make along the way (lunch, route etc). If you decide to join, please consider yourself committed for the day.
Clothing and Equipment list:
Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However, you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section
DISCLAIMER and T&Cs:
You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance, so please make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and the activities that you will be participating in. In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance, you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.