St Swithun's Way
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The St Swithun's Way is a long-distance trail that runs between Winchester, the capital of Saxon England, and historic Farnham via the Itchen Valley, Alresford and Alton.
Winchester is at the crossroads of several historic paths. The Itchen Way, which starts at nearby Hinton Ampner, passes through Winchester on it's way to the coast. Winchester Cathedral is the start of the Pilgrims' Trail (not to be confused with the Pilgrims' Way) and the end of the Clarendon Way.
In Alton St. Swithun's Way passes the start of the Hangers Way. At the end of the trail in Farnham you can join the North Downs Way, the two paths combining to form the Pilgrims' Way, a route followed by medieval pilgrims from Winchester to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.