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Introducing Winchester

The ancient, wistful and often eye-wateringly lovely cathedral city of Winchester is a must for all visitors to the region. A capital of Saxon kings and power-base of bishops, the city’s rich history is reflected in heroic statues, handsome Elizabethan and Regency buildings, narrow winding streets and above all, the wondrous cathedral that marks its centre. Thanks to its moist location, nestled in a valley of the River Itchen, there are also charming waterside trails to explore, and as walkers will be well aware, the city marks the beginning of the beautiful South Downs Way.