SDW gets new Winchester end marker

16th May 2017

The South Downs Way, has finally got an official western start/end point at the National Trust’s Winchester City Mill.

A special way marker has been developed by the South Downs National Park and the National Trust property and made possible thanks in part to a legacy from the family of Barbara Sandford and funding from the National Park Authority. Barbara and her husband Henry met in Winchester and were lifelong supporters of the National Trust.

Barbara’s son Nick Sandford and daughter Helen Greenly said:
“It is entirely appropriate that the South Downs Way starts or finishes at this historic destination of so many walkers and travellers over the years. She was a keen walker all her life, and passed on her love of walking to all her family.”

Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said:
“With Winchester City Mill now the official ‘gateway’ into the National Park the timing is finally right to set a permanent start or end point for people taking on the South Downs Way. I hope that the 20,000 walkers, cyclists and horse riders who follow the trail each year will find this beautiful marker both useful and inspiring.”

Ric Weeks, Manager of Winchester City Mill, said:
“The official way marker provides the perfect completion to the South Downs Gateway, here at Winchester City Mill. We very much look forward to welcoming more and more visitors, helping them to explore the South Downs and discover the many beautiful National Trust places within the National Park.”

Andy Gattiker, South Downs Way Trail Officer, said:
“This new trail maker is just one part of the new improved route which takes the South Downs Way out of Winchester using off-road shared cycle and walking routes and quiet roads. And, of course, work is now underway to develop a matching marker for the Eastbourne end of the trail.”

This new marker together with an improved and newly signed route out of the city made possible with additional funding from Natural England makes the whole experiance of reaching or leaving the city much more pleasurable. The new end marker is situated in the court-yard of the National Trust's Winchester City Mill, only a few metres from King Alfred's Statue. From there the SDW follows the crystal clear waters of the river Itchin passed Wolvesey' Palace and Winchester Collage before turning up Wharf Hill, crossing Chesil Street at the crossing and continuing up East Hill and then Petersfield Road.

To view the new route in more detail please follow the link below to our interactive map where you can zoom in over Winchester.

http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/south-downs-way/plan

 

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