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.

Explore the Surroundings

There are many Events organised by local groups and organisations taking 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.

There are a number of recreation grounds and play areas throughout the town, further information on those can be found here.

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 & Cycle Routes

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.

The blue route shown below is a walk around the historic Park Lug, the boundary of Bishop's Waltham's medieval deer park which was attached to the Palace. The walk incorporates sections of the Bishop's Waltham to Botley railway line and the Roman road to the south of Newtown.  In the south-east, the remains of the Park Lug are no longer accessible by footpath.  The route follows the line an an internal Park boundary, now the King's Way path, back to the Palace and then uses the railway trail to re-join the Park Lug by the Botley Road.  For more details on the Park Lug, click here



 Biking the Bounds (Red): A cycle ride around Bishop's Waltham, keeping as close as possible to the parish boundary, using roads and a bridlepath. Bishop's Waltham and South Downs (Blue): This is a route with a mix of road and off-road tracks, starting in St George's Square, the route winds its way to Upham.

 NB: The direct route between Bigpath Farm Cottages (A) and Beeches Hill (C) is not recommended. It is very steep, with exposed rock faces, slippery in the wet, and with many exposed tree roots with severe risk of tipping cycles over.  Please follow the detour between points A-B-C, taking care on the roads.


 Please be aware that routes are shared with other users (vehicles, pedestrians, dogs, horses etc.) and users of these routes do so at their own risk.

We do not accept any responsibility for loss, damage or injury however caused, arising directly or indirectly from use of the walking and cycle routes provided.

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, Bishop's Waltham Youth Club and the schools who very kindly input into our action plan.

Town Team Website 

 What's On Guide 2019 

Wi-fi in Bishop's Waltham