One of Europe’s largest cathedrals, beguiling old buildings and reminders of a mythical past all feature in this walk around King Alfred’s capital
More city walks in Manchester and Norwich

Start this two-mile saunter where English royal history began; with Alfred, the only English monarch (so far) whose name is routinely followed by the Great. There he is, utterly unmissable at the eastern end of Broadway, all 17 feet of him from his base to his uplifted sword hilt. Fair enough – when he reigned, Winchester was the capital of England. And if he gives the impression of thinking it still is, he isn’t the only one round here.

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