Our Town

Bishop’s Waltham is a historic market town with a long and exciting history which has continued forward to the present day, displayed by a thriving town centre and a strong community; there is much to see and do.

The High Street includes a wide range of independent shops, choice of restaurants, coffee shops, delicatessens and pubs, plus a range of local businesses. View the Bishop’s Waltham Pocket Guide here.

Wi-fi in Bishop's Waltham

Map of Bishop's Waltham wifi hot spots

Explore the Surroundings

Walking: Our excellent guide Exploring Bishop’s Waltham shows all the public footpaths in the parish and includes three interesting circular walks in the countryside. You can also find two additional walks between Bishop's Waltham and Botley published by the Hampshire Rights of Way Improvement Trust here.

Cycling: The Southdown National Park Authority guide, Cycle Ride around Bishop’s Waltham gives details of a 20 mile route, much of it off-road, that encompasses local villages.

Many Events organised by local groups and organisations take place each year, details of these can be found in the Bishop’s Waltham Diary of Events and Bishop’s Waltham Town Team - Love Bishop’s Waltham website.

One of the main historical features is the Bishop’s Waltham Palace ruins, built around 1132 and home to many of Winchester’s Bishops and visited by several different Kings and Queens. In 1182 Henry II convened his Barons here, Richard the Lionheart stayed in 1194, Henry V prepared for the Battle of Agincourt in July 1415, and Queen Mary I waited for King Phillip to arrive from Spain for their Wedding in 1554.

Today, the Palace Grounds are open to the public – for more details see English Heritage website and the 17th Century original Farmhouse is now the Bishop’s Waltham Museum; for more information check here.

Alongside the Palace is the South Pond, created by bishops living in the Palace, which is now the centre for the Parish Fishing Club. Across the road is the North Pond which, due to dedication of the North Pond Conservation Group, has become an important community asset. Both Ponds are home to many different wildfowl who, on occasions, can bring the traffic to a halt when they go for a wander!

St Peter’s Church is another place of historic interest, having first had a building in 1136, followed by various changes, restorations, and repairs over the intervening centuries.

Walking Routes

Bishop's Waltham Town Team

 Love Bishop's Waltham

The Town Team comprises representatives from the following organisations:

  • Bishop’s Waltham Society
  • Bishop’s Waltham Museum Trust
  • Bishop’s Waltham in Bloom
  • Bishop’s Waltham Chamber of Trade
  • Bishop’s Waltham Parish Council
  • Winchester City Council
  • Hampshire County Council

We are also joined from time to time by members of other local organisations such as Rotary, BW Youth Club and the schools who very kindly input into our action plan.

The following four objectives have been defined based on research conducted by the Town Team itself, the Parish Council and the Association of Market Towns:

1. Formulate a Town Team which is fit for the purpose of achieving all of the below objectives.
2. Retain and enhance the unique character of the small rural market town that is Bishop’s Waltham.
3. Seek out other opportunities which will increase footfall and allow the town centre to flourish (including tourism).
4. Continue in the development of the town centre as a social hub to be used by locals and visitors of all ages.

Bishop's Waltham Town Team Website

Bishop's Waltham Town Team - What's On Guide 2018