Anyway, back to our walk...this one was off Junction 10 of the M3 & was at a place called St Catherine's Hill near Winchester. This walk was a real winner for Rio & me coz our favourite walks are anywhere with water as we just love swimming - on this walk there was water, water everywhere (plus loads & loads to drink!!). Here are a few pictures of St Catherine's Hill & the fabulous views:
|The Itchen navigation canal|
|Apparently this is called a "Kissing Gate"...yuk...luckily|
Rio didn't try to kiss me on the way through!!
|This is an Iron-Age ditch...just imagine...it would have been dug by hand!|
|This lovely crown of Beech trees marks the very top of St Catherine's Hill - this was the centre of a human settlement around 3,000 years ago with a fort being built here in the 3rd century BC.|
|This is called a "Mismaze". It's 624 metres long & is made up of nine|
nested squares cut out of the chalk in, it's thought, the 17th century.
|On the North East edge of the beech copse lies the buried the remains|
of a Norman Chapel that was built in the 12th century AD.
|This is a view across the Itchen Valley toward Bushfield Camp,|
which was once used as an Army barracks.
|The Hospital of St Cross can be seen in the centre of the view.|
|Here you can see a view, in the distance, of Winchester|
|Believe it or not, this used to be the Winchester By-Pass!!!|