The second trip is to Winchester in Hampshire. The city is alive with historic architecture and treasures including its cathedral, the building of which began under William the Conqueror in 1079. The 13th century Great Hall of Winchester Castle is one of the largest and finest in the Country and contains the iconic Round Table of Arthurian legend. Milling demonstrations take place at the 1000 year old City Mill (National Trust), a working watermill using the power of the River Itchen. We will offer an optional 6.4 mile linear walk into the city. The undulating route uses parts of the Itchen Way as it follows the pretty River Itchen, but in places diverts on to other paths including St. Swithun’s Way and King’s Way (a 45 mile footpath named not after Arthur or Alfred but Allan King, a Hampshire rambler!) and passes through three separate nature reserves. It finishes by the imposing statue of King Alfred the Great in the city centre, right by the lovely Abbey Gardens where there are plenty of seats for a picnic lunch if you bring one but with many eating places close at hand if not.
The meeting point, as in previous years, will be the Braywick car park in front of Stafferton Lodge (free parking at weekends), with access from Braywick Road (A308), Maidenhead. The departure time is 8.00 am. The trip will be shown in the EBR summer walks programme.