St Catherine's Hill Nature Reserve


Type:Nature Reserve

Garnier Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9PA

Tel: +44 01489 774400

St Catherine's Hill Nature Reserve


St Cath’s Hill is a 58 hectare flower-rich chalk grassland nature reserve carefully managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. It’s home to some stunning wild flowers, and over 25 different species of butterflies including the marbled white, chalkhill blue and brown argus.

There are also ramparts of the Iron Age hill fort cut into the 70m high hill, buried ruins of the Norman chapel that gives the site its name and several rectangular burial mounds along Plague Pit Valley which mark the location of mass graves. It offers spectacular views over Winchester, the Itchen Valley and the surrounding countryside.

Opening hours - Open at all times

Price - Free, but donations to the Trust welcomed

Parking and access can be found from Garnier Road, Winchester, SO23 9PA.  It's quite a steep climb going up to the top, but the views are worth it.  There is 100+ steps on the north and south sides of the hill, or a flatter route via the surfaced footpath.

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  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on lead or close by to prevent disturbance to livestock and nesting birds.

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Provider Preferences

  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is M3. From Winchester take B3335 south and turn left onto Garnier Road.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Winchester. Take the Park and Ride bus to St Catherine's car park. Take footpath to Garnier Road, follow to the right under a bridge. The reserve is on your left.

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