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Itchen Valley Churches Trail

39 km / 24 miles

The Itchen Valley Churches leaflet outlines a number of circular walks in the valley. Set along or very near the river between Otterbourne and Bishops Sutton are many attractive and unspoilt villages, each with its own distinctive church.

These buildings exhibit a wide range of architectural styles - for example Saxon at Headbourne Worthy, Norman at Bishops Sutton, Easton and St Cross, Georgian at Avington and late Victorian at Itchen Stoke and Otterbourne. The leaflet is designed to encourage visitors to visit these and other churches, which can easily be reached in a series of self-guided circular walks and cycle trails.

The churches and their associated walks and trails are divided into three groups. Those in the lower Itchen valley (6.8 miles) stretch from St Cross to Otterbourne, those in the middle Itchen ( 8 miles) extend from Headbourne Worthy, eastwards to Itchen Abbas and the churches of the upper Itchen (9.3 miles) form a group centred on New Alresford


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Easy; Heritage; Religious
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Itchen Valley Churches (Winchester City Council - 2008)


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Route Profile:

10.9 Km (6.8 miles)
130 m (427 ft) ascent
75 m (246 ft)  maximum height