Start: Winchester

Finish: Farnham

OS 1:25 000 maps: 132, 144, 145

Length: 54 km (34 miles)

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St Swithun's Way extends the North Downs Way, creating a complete route between the pilgrim centres of Winchester and Canterbury.

St Swithun was born in Winchester, the capital of Wessex, in about 800. He was made the seventeenth Bishop of Winchester in 852. He was responsible for rebuilding Winchesterís East Gate bridge over the River Itchen. When visiting the workmen on the bridge Swithun came across a poor woman who had dropped and broken a basket of eggs. He restored the broken eggs to whole.

Hampshire County Council's web site gives further details about St Swithun's Way.

Published guide

A walker's pack detailing the route, local features, history and tourist information is available from Hampshire County Council Information Centres.

The route is shown on OS 1:25 000 maps.


The route is waymarked.