Winchester City Mill – Gateway to the South Downs

Winchester City Mill''s Gateway to the South Downs exhibition

Plan your South Downs adventure at Winchester City Mill – Gateway to the South Downs National Park.

As well as milling grain sourced from within the South Downs, Winchester City Mill showcases the special landscapes and wildlife of the Downs, suggests ideas for local walks and experiences and reveals how easy it is to explore sustainably by trains, buses and bicycle.

You will discover a wide selection of information to help you explore local walks and cycle routes, as well as attractions found within the South Downs, including many historic National Trust properties.

" Winchester is famous for its magnificent cathedral, medieval Great Hall and the dramatic ruins of Wolvesey Castle. But people may not realise that they’re also a short distance from one of our most beautiful stretches of countryside, which has been worked by people for thousands of years."
- Ric Weeks, Winchester City Mill Manager

Local countryside treasures to discover

Since the 1930s, Winchester City Mill has been regarded as the starting point for walkers of the South Downs Way – a 160km route which follows old paths and droveways along the chalk escarpment of the South Downs. Local treasures include idyllic nature reserve St Catherine’s Hill and National Trust estate Hinton Ampner - glorious gardens with views of the South Downs and a nearby bus stop which takes you back to Winchester.

TV’s outdoor girl Julia Bradbury lends her support

TV’s keen walker and partner of the recently launched Outdoor Guide Julia Bradbury says:

" I can’t think of a better place to invite friends to join you for a good walk. Winchester City Mill is a perfect start to the South Downs Way, reminding us that the rolling landscape and criss-crossing tracks that lure us for the next 100 miles are only there thanks to centuries of stewardship from local farmers."
- Julia Bradbury