Places of Interest Close By


By SPP Reporter


Places of Interest Close By

Southampton

Southampton is a large modern city about 12 miles from Winchester and can be reached by rail or road, the latter being dual carriageway. The road can be congested at certain times and so planning is taking place to bring the road up to motorway standards, M3. The city centre has all the normal chain stores and shops plus many specialist shops on the fringe of the actual centre. Large modern hospitals have been built, there is a university, limited theatres and a most successful football club.

is probably most famous for the great passenger liners that used the port between the two world wars. Even today the Queen Elizabeth II andSouthampton

are regular visitors and can be clearly viewed from many vantage points on the New Forest side of the Solent. A large container port is currently thriving, making the Solent a busy and interesting spectacle.Canberra

Portsmouth

is another large city about 25 miles from Winchester. Famous for being one of the major naval ports, home to HMS Victory, the Tudor Mary Rose and the Ironclad Battleship Warrior, the city provides an interesting day out. Across the harbour in Gosport is the Submarine Alliance which together with the SubmarinePortsmouth

Museum is open to visitors. All the chain stores exist and from the seafront a good view of the Isle of Wight is obtained. Ferries and hovercraft sail regularly for the island.

The New Forest

The New Forest is not far from Winchester, just three-quarters of an hour by car. The New Forest was previously Royal hunting land and has been preserved throughout the centuries as a largely wild and uncultivated area. This is probably due to the poor quality of the soil and poor drainage. The New Forest provides a superb area for walks, picnics, riding and other outdoor activities.

Skiing

A dry skiing centre providing instruction at all grades as well as practice for competent skiers is located in Aldershot near the Cambridge Military Hospital. Special rates are offered to service personnel and their families.

For further information contact the Stainforth Ski Centre Tel: Aldershot 25889 or Aldershot Mil 3561.



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