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Walk Highlights

Compton Lock was one of 17 locks built on the

Itchen Navigation to help float barges up the channel

to Winchester. Many of the locks are ‘turf-sided’ in

construction and nationally significant. Stone and

brickwork were only used at the head and tails of the

lock to hold the gates in place. The Wildlife Trust has

preserved some of the locks so examples of them will

survive into the future.

St Cross Hospital is England’s longest continuing

almshouse; for over 850 years St Cross has provided

food and shelter to people in need. Henry de Blois,

a grandson of William the Conqueror, was appointed

Bishop of Winchester in 1129. He founded the Hospital

of St Cross between 1132 and 1136, creating what has

become England’s oldest charitable institution.

Valley of Fields

Compton

Hockley viaduct is a 33 arch former railway viaduct. It

is the largest brick built structure in the country, and the

oldest in Britain with a concrete core. It was part of the

railway line that linked Didcot, Newbury, Winchester

and Southampton and provided a second independent

line into Southampton Docks from 1891 to 1960. During

World War II the viaduct carried military traffic to defend

against the invasion of Europe.

Compton Lock © Dennis Bright

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

St. Cross Hospital

© Dennis Bright

Distance:

6 miles / 10km

Walking time:

3 hours

Terrain: some

steep parts

Hockley Viaduct © Chris Newbury

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Beechcroft, Vicarage Lane

Curdridge, Hampshire

SO32 2DP

www.hwt.org.uk


Valley of Fields

Valley of Fields Trail

Footpaths

Explore the countryside around Compton,

the ‘Valley of Fields’. Discover views and

ancient yews on this beautiful walk along

the Itchen Navigation.

1

2

From Shawford Road, turn onto the Itchen

Navigation footpath, heading upstream.

Follow the Navigation for approximately 1 mile.

Where the path forks, bear left over the wooden

footbridge. At the Hockley Link Road cross the road

and follow the pavement left.

Badger Farm

7

Badger Farm Road

Bushfield

Camp

Mead Rd

St. Cross Rd

6

St. Cross

Hospital

4

5

River

Itchen

P

Minor roads

Motorway

Railway

Landmarks

Public House or Café

Car Park

3

Take the path heading southwest down to Hockley

Viaduct. Go over a stile and under the viaduct.

8

Bushfield

Farm

Five Bridges Road

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Head north through the fields. Cross the road and

continue along the footpath.

At St. Cross Hospital, take the path left on the

north side of the hospital grounds.

Turn right onto St. Cross Road then immediately left

onto Mead Road. Follow Mead Road then cross over

the railway footbridge. Follow the path straight ahead.

Cross Badger Farm Road. Where the paths cross,

take the bridleway right.

Where the path forks again bear left.

Go straight on past the double gate. Turn left

through a gate next to the bench and head down

the footpath.

Where the path forks take the right path.

At the next fork in the path, turn right.

Go straight on.

Yew

Hill

9

COMPTON & SHAWFORD

Compton

Down

10

Compton

11

Hurdle Way

Yew Tree

Farm

12 13

14

15

Hockley

Viaduct 3

P

M3

Shawford

Jct 11

Itchen Navigation

P

Hockley Link Rd

2

River

Itchen

Compton

Lock

13

14

15

Take the left fork.

Go through two gates and cross the road. Head

left down the road. Turn right at the T-junction and

follow the road over the M3.

When you reach the bus stops turn left through

two gates onto Shawford Down. Head down the

hill to Shawford.

500m

P

Shawford

Down

Otterbourne Rd

P

1

Shawford Rd

Shawford

Railway Station

Berry

Lane

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