Winchester to Abbots Worthy (3.4km)
I completed this small remaining section of the Itchen Way from Winchester to Abbots Worthy on 19 October 2020. It’s a relatively unattractive section between the river, roads and industrial estates, but ends more spectacularly.
The route starts where I ended my Itchen Way 1 walk on 15 July , where Water Lane meets the junction of Durngate Place and Wales Street in Winchester.
The Way skirts passes a new flood gate and the entrance to Winnall Moors Nature Reserve and continues along Wales Street past houses and a small industrial estate. It then turns left onto a track past a few houses and the car park for a fishing club. After a stile, the route crosses scrub land between the fishing lakes to the west and industrial estates on higher ground to the east.
Further north, the path leaves the lakes, running parallel to the river through scrubby woodland.
And eventually reaches the two separate bridges carrying the carriageways of the A34 over the river. After the second bridge, there is a brief view of a more bucolic scene.
But the Way then runs along a grassy path within earshot of the M3 for 400m before arriving at a track and path junction. The route turns left running right in front of the Fulling Mill which sits between two channels of the river.
After the small footbridge, the path turns left and meanders between channels of the river then over meadows before meeting yet another channel of the river at the Abbots Worthy Mill – now a splendid house with a beautiful, though rather public lawn.
Just after this information board, this walk ends where the Itchen Way 3 walk also ended.
So that’s the Itchen Way completed, albeit a bit hapharzardly:
|Itchen Way 1||Bishopstoke to Winchester (12.4km)||North||15 Jul 20|
|Itchen Way 2||Bishopstoke to Sholing (18.9km)||South||26 Aug 20|
|Itchen Way 3||Source to Abbots Worthy (22.9km)||North and West||29 Sep 20|
|Itchen Way 4||Winchester to Abbots Worthy (3.4km)||North||19 Oct 20|