Your Hampshire - Nicky Watts

We speak to Hampshire local Nicky Watts to find out her favourite things to do in Hampshire.

Where in Hampshire do you live?

I live in the beautiful city of Winchester. Tucked behind the University in a leafy part of the city. 

Where do you like to go on a rainy day?

As an active person, what better place than the new Leisure Centre in Bar End. From courts and pitches to pools and climbing - something for everyone on a rainy day.

Where is the best place for a cuppa?

There is a plethora of coffee shops around Winchester - lots of high street brands but head out towards the station and you will find gems like - The General Store on Stockbridge Road.  The perfect place for a morning coffee before a commute to an afternoon catch with friends and even a chilled glass after work as it is open early until late.

What is your favourite walk?

We are incredibly lucky to have a lovely walks within minutes of the city centre.  The water meadows and St Catherine’s Hill are my daily go to with Willow (Cockerpoo) and can be pushed further in a few directions - up over the hill to head out towards Hockey Golf Course or along the river to Twyford. If I was heading further out of town, I would head to Stockbridge along the old railway track and across the meadows there to end in Thyme and Tides Deli.  All walks end with a pub or cafe don’t they?

What do you recommend people do when they visit for the first time?

Make the most of the guided walks around Winchester and visit Winchester College or hire a bike from Bespoke Biking and take a ride along the cycle paths out towards my favourite spot in Hampshire.

Where is your favourite spot in Hampshire?

Of all the glorious places - the top of St Catherine’s Hill is hard to beat in terms of views over the city.  Park at the bottom on Garnier Road, grab a coffee from the Handlebar Cafe (parking your bike safely here) and head up the valley before circling back around to pick up your bike.

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