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Walk Highlights

Chalk grassland is home to a wide variety of plants and

animals. Grazing animals help to maintain the balance of

different plants found here, which provide valuable food

for rare butterflies including the Adonis blue, silverspotted

skipper and Duke of Burgundy. It is also a home

for many threatened birds, including skylarks.

In December 1991, Twyford Down became the site of

the UK’s first road protest camp when environmentalists

gathered to try and hinder work on the construction of

the final link in the M3. Despite years of protests, the

highly controversial road building project was completed

in 1994.

Kingfisher trail

Twyford

St. Catherine’s Hill is a wildlife-rich chalk grassland

nature reserve with an abundance of wildflowers and

butterflies. The Hill is also an Iron Age hill fort and boasts

spectacular views over Winchester and the Itchen Valley.

The reserve is owned by Winchester College and

managed by the Wildlife Trust. In the summer, look

out for musk orchids and frog orchids on the south

facing slope.

Adonis blue butterfly © Mark Heighes

The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project is a Heritage

Lottery Fund project managed by the Wildlife Trust, preserving

an internationally important chalk river system for future

generations. Find out more about the Itchen Navigation at:

www.itchennavigation.org.uk

Twyford Down monument

Distance:

6 miles/ 10km

Walking time:

3 hours

Terrain: hilly

View from St Catherines Hill © Chris Newbury

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Beechcroft, Vicarage Lane

Curdridge, Hampshire

SO32 2DP

www.hwt.org.uk


Kingfisher Trail

WINCHESTER

Footpaths

Kingfisher Trail

Take a walk across the rolling hills of the

South Downs National Park and along the

stunning Itchen river valley.

1

2

From Compton Lock, go through the right hand

gate into the water meadows and follow the path

heading southeast.

Go through the gate into the next field and keep left

along the field edge. Cross the bridge over the river.

St. Cross

Farm

Cricket

Ground

St.Cross

Park

Cricket

Ground

P

St. Cross

Bridge

Hockley

Farm

P

10

St. Catherine’s

Hill

St. Catherine’s

Lock

M3

Twyford

End Lock

Path

Hockley

Golf Course

9

Twyford

Down

Twyford Down

Monument

P

Minor roads

Motorway

Railway

Landmarks

Public House or Café

Car Park

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Go up Berry Lane past Twyford Parish Church.

Cross Twyford Road (B3335) and continue onto

Bourne Lane.

At Bourne Field take the footpath straight ahead.

At the end of the path, turn left and follow the road

to the waterworks.

Turn right onto the track before the waterworks

(under a vehicle barrier).

Turn left onto Mare Lane.

At the T-junction cross the road and join the footpath.

Follow the path to the motorway.

Cross the bridge over the motorway and take the

path around the left hand side of St. Catherine’s Hill.

When you reach the Itchen Navigation, turn left and

follow the towpath south to the motorway. Cross

the road at the level crossings and follow the

pavement along the Twyford Road a short distance

until the footpath turns right off the road. Follow the

Itchen Navigation south.

Itchen

Navigation

Shawford

Railway Station

Path

SHAWFORD

Tumbling

Bay

Compton

Lock

1

2

B3335

Hockley

House

Hockley

Lodge

Hockley

Farm

Berry Lane

3 4

Twyford

Parish

Church

TWYFORD

P

Twyford

School

New Barn

Farm

River

Itchen

Bourne Lane

Bourne

Lodge

Path

Orchard

Close

Littlebourne

Hazeley Rd

5

6

Twyford

Waterworks

Morestead

Farm

Hazeley

Farm

Farm track

Hazeley

Down

Hazeley Down

House

8

Mare Lane

7

500m

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