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The only real mystery about Old Winchester Hill is how it got its name.

Although it is an Iron Age hill fort, and there are some Bronze Age barrows on the summit, the idea that it was the former site of Winchester, which is around 11 miles (18 km) away, is presumably the product of some eighteenth century antiquarian's imagination.

This walk of around 2 miles (3.4 km) hardly needs documenting. However my suggested route back is not immediately obvious, so here goes.

Please note that the British Army used the hill as a mortar testing range during the Second World War, and that some sections were never fully cleared of ordnance. For your safety, please keep to the well-trodden paths

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Rees Jefferys Road Fund Plaque


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Buried in the undergrowth on the north-east side of Old Winchester Hill Lane and only visible in the winter, is a simple plinth with a plaque that reads:

For your enjoyment of this view
W.R.J. 1872-1954
The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

William Rees Jeffreys Hon.MTPI., C.I.Mech.E was described by Lloyd George in 1937 as "The greatest authority on roads in the United Kingdom and one of the greatest in the whole world".

On his death in 1954 his estate provided an endowment to offer financial support for education, research and physical road transport related projects. More than sixty years later the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund is still going strong.

These plaques can be found in lay-bys scattered across the country. This one presumably relates to the small pull-in on the other side of the road, as the view behind the plaque is completely obscured by a woodland plantation.

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