Swithun's Way - A 34 mile long-distance walk from Winchester to Farnham
St Swithun’s Way runs between Winchester, the capital of Saxon England, and historic Farnham. Whilst not tracing the original route of the Pilgrim’s Way, as much of this is now the busy A31, St Swithun’s Way follows some of the county’s best countryside paths. Starting at Winchester Cathedral, the route weaves its way east through the picturesque Itchen Valley, taking in several pretty and unspoilt Hampshire villages, enabling the walker to visit numerous churches with pilgrimage connections and take a well-earned rest in welcoming country pubs.
Continuing northeast, it passes through the attractive market towns of Alresford and Alton, as well as Chawton, the home of Jane Austen. Opportunities also abound for the walker to combine a trip with a ride on the Watercress Line, Hampshire’s steam railway which runs through this section of countryside. Following the path of the River Wey, the route reaches Farnham in Surrey, a town with strong links with Winchester. Here, the route continues to Canterbury as the North Downs Way National Trail.