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What are the best garden/natural environment/stately homes to visit near Winchester?

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MaryTheBookeeper Wed 26-Aug-20 20:23:17

Not the Cathedral or round table. Something in the surrounding areas a short drive away. Anyone with local knowledge?

Septimia Wed 26-Aug-20 20:49:14

St Catherine's Hill.

Or walk along the river to St Cross.

Ruthless Wed 26-Aug-20 21:12:35

I met friends for a walk at Hilliers gardens this morning then went with another friend to Mottisfont - NT property - this afternoon having first enjoyed a light lunch together at Kimbridge Barn. Both places require to be pre booked ATM.

Oopsadaisy4 Wed 26-Aug-20 21:32:23

Mottisfont Abbey,

Then go to Romsey visit Romsey Abbey and walk down to the park, the river Test runs through it.

Oopsadaisy4 Wed 26-Aug-20 21:35:26

If you go to Mayflower park in Southampton a lot of the cruise ships are in Dock ( see the local Daily Echo to see the timings).

Drive to Calshot and go around the Castle

And of course the New Forest.

LullyDully Thu 27-Aug-20 08:23:57

Hillier Gardens are glorious. They are Ampthill/ Romsey. Romsey is worth a visit. The Abbey has a signed letter by Henry viii promising not to destroy the Abbey of the townspeople gave him £100.

LullyDully Thu 27-Aug-20 08:25:47

Stockbridge is also worth a look with trout in the stream by the pavement. Good place for lunch.

LullyDully Thu 27-Aug-20 08:27:26

Danebury hill fort is worth a visit, near Stockbridge.

Jaxjacky Thu 27-Aug-20 09:04:18

Exbury Gardens, then drive back through Lepe, by the sea, some of the original Mulberry harbours have their remnants there and you can see the Isle of Wight. In Winchester, you can go to the Cathedral and behind there is a lovely walk through the water meadows, follow the river.

LullyDully Tue 01-Sep-20 08:11:28

Hello again Mary , I was just wondering where you ended up on your trip.