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Despite its name, Old Winchester Hill is around 11 miles (18 km) from Winchester. It lies to the east of Corhampton on the eastern side of the Meon Valley, opposite Beacon Hill. The South Downs Way and Monarch's Way long distance footpaths cross the summit of the hill. Old Winchester Hill has been a famous and popular beauty spot since Victorian times and beyond. The views across the valley to Beacon Hill and down to the sea are superb.

The 63ha (150 acre) National Nature Reserve (NNR) was designated mainly for its chalk grassland, with many orchid species and butterflies. The extensive scrub is good for bird watching and there is also always the chance of seeing a Red Kite or Buzzard overhead.

The area is rich in archaeology from the Mesolithic (stone age hunter gathers living after the end of the Ice Age). Most visible are the Iron Age hill fort and the earlier Bronze Age barrows or burial mounds, the former of which you can just see in the middle distance (the photograph was shot from the top of Hayden Lane, which you can find from the location on Google maps if you have a mind to do so!)

Shot years ago on b/w film, and developed/printed myself. Neg scanned on a dedicated Nikon film scanner. A bit of dust removal and grain reduction was all I did in Photoshop.

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