Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer at St. Catherine’s Hill in Winchester

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

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Last year, we went for a walk on St. Catherine’s Hill near us with some friends and a few kids. It’s in Winchester, just 10 minutes’ drive from us.

It’s a rather steep chalk hill. When you’re at the top, you’ll see the spectacular views over the beautiful historic city, Winchester and the Itchen Valley.

St. Catherine’s Hill is an Iron Age Hill Fort of circular plan. It has a fun mizmaze and kids just love going round and round it and trying to escape. There’s a rather high tree swing too. We forgot all about the Health and Safety rules, and the kids were helping each other onto the wooden seat and then they push the swing up high, giggling and swinging in the breeze.

Kids were having great fun on the tree swing.

We had a picnic and good conversations.  We sat on the grass, only surrounded by wildlife and an azure sky.

My son Ben also wrote about his favourite summer time. It’s worth a look.

26 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer at St. Catherine’s Hill in Winchester

    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Indeed. It’s more fun as the place is wild, free of charge, fewer people, no souvenir shops or toilets, and no rubbish bin. Its openness and breathtaking views are unique.

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  4. katehobbs

    Walking over chalk hills…. this brings back memories for me. I lived in the Chilterns for most of my life, so I know the delights of this type of landscape. Wonderful to see it all again, even though I am now in Canada. Thanks also for the pingback.

  5. annarashbrook

    I just loved your pictures of St Catherines hill. Winchester is my town of birth and I’ve spent many hours on the hill. I could bore you for hours with anecdotes! Did you know the maze was made by a depressed student from Winchester college, who sadly later committed suicide -sorry thats a bit sad! Or more cheerfully my granfather and Uncle once toboganned down the hill, through the underpass and onto the river which was fortunately frozen -this was in the days of the old road, its no longer possible! Thanks again! Where are you living in England? I think below I’ve done a pingback to show my appreciation but I’m always messing it up so hope it works!

    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Dear Anna,

      Thank you for such an interesting input about the maze! I heard about its link with Winchester college, but didn’t realise the full story!

      We live in Chandler’s Ford and it’s just a few miles to get to Winchester, where I work. Winchester is such a culturally exciting place and perhaps I’ll write more about it in the future, since you’ve inspired me to do so.

      I’ve just visited your blog — lovely stories about Austria and I enjoy reading them.

  6. Judy

    What a beautiful place, and such a lovely day! Thanks for sharing your great photos and text! And thanks for the ping, too!

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