MANY activities have been cancelled this year because of social distancing guidelines.

One pastime that many people can still enjoy whilst keeping their distance though is walking.

Recently the Echo reported on the best walks available in the New Forest region.

But what if you are more local to the Winchester area and still want to get some fresh air?

Below is a list of some of the best walks near Winchester:

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1. The Weirs

This is an easy walk and good for anyone who doesn't want to leave the embrace of the city.

It is just over three miles long and starts at Sparkford Road bus stop and therefore is easily accessible using public transport.

On the journey you will get the chance to see the local wildlife as you pass by the weirs.

Then to the guildhall and past the mall, and even the oldest bar in England if you fancy refreshments.

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2. Watermeadows and St Catherines Hill

This walk demonstrates some of the city's best landmarks and scenery along the River Itchen.

Park at Garnier Road and follow the footpath to the Hospital of St Cross founded in 1132.

Head to St Catherine's hill to take in the views and wildlife, before walking back into town.

Not only does this walk show off some of the best views in the region, there is also the opportunity to head into one of the many bars and restaurants along the way for a bite to eat.

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3. Farley Mount Country Park

This walk is located in a large area of woodland and downland and offers views over the centre of the county.

Along the walk, you will find a monument, especially dazzling in the day when it's white walls reflect the sunlight.

The building can be seen from miles around, and is a great place to take a picnic if you have some free time on your hands and a hunger for the outdoors.

There are several car parks in the area making it easily accessible.

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4. Keats' Walk

If you are a fan of poetry, this walk may be of some interest.

Based in the city centre, it offers the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of English romantic poet, John Keats, who stayed in Winchester in 1819.

You will travel from the city to St Cross, passing through the area which inspired the poets ode 'To Autumn'.

The trip is about two miles long and is not too far from the city's station if you aren't from the area but would still like to visit.

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5. The South Downs Way

Stretching 100 miles from Winchester, all the way to Eastbourne, this is not one that will be done in a day.

Some people decide to take on the whole walk, with campsites, b&b's and pubs on route for a much needed break.

The walk tends to take people about 8 or 9 days to complete, but there is always the option to stop and turn back if you get too tired.

The journey showcases views of the surrounding countryside, villages and the English Channel and starts at Winchester City Mill.