Winchester marks the western end of the South Downs Way and is a great city of explore. Begin with a visit to the city's award-winning Tourist Information Centre which is located on the ground floor of Winchester Guildhall just a stone's throw from King Alfred's Statue at the bottom of Winchester High Street. 

It’s a fantastic city to explore on foot and you can pick up walking leaflets from the Tourist Information (or download from their website). Follow in the footsteps of King Alfred on the Winchester Walk or explore Winchester’s public art and galleries on the Eye Openers tour - look out for David Kemp's Hampshire Hog near the Westgate and Antony Gormley's Sound II in the cathedral crypt.

Explore more than 1000 years of history at Winchester Cathedral - Europe’s longest medieval Cathedral. Take a guided tour and then head to the Visitor Centre to the Refectory and Shop. Enjoy the seasonal menu and freshly baked cakes on the large terrace with Cathedral views and the pretty walled garden.

The official start/end point of the South Downs Way is the City Mill - a National Trust property that's open to visitors. It’s a rare surviving example of an urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen, which can be seen passing under the mill. With hands-on activities for families and audio-visual displays about milling and the rich wildlife in the area, the City Mill is a lively and informative place to visit.