Winchester, apart from being an ecclesiastical centre in its own right (the shrine of St Swithin), was an important regional focus and an aggregation point for travellers arriving through the seaports on the south coast.
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The large, modern four-bedroom homestead is positioned perfectly for sun on an elevated site affording uninterrupted 180 degree views over the farm, the Hurunui River and vast countryside.
Current land-use consists of wintering dairy cows,fattening cattle, breeding ewes and fattening lambs, plus barley, hay and baleage production.
Along some stretches the pilgrims' route left the ancient trackway to encompass religious sites, examples being Pewley Down, near Guildford, where the later way passed St Martha's Hill and The Chantries, some 500 metres to the south.
The North Downs Way National Trail parallels the old Pilgrims' Way between Farnham and Canterbury.
While the fire was already about 70 per cent burnt away, he said crews were expected to be at the site all night monitoring it.