The Clarendon Way is a 26 mile long distance path running from Salisbury Cathedral to Winchester Cathedral. We travel from Wiltshire into Hampshire on the Clarendon Way and enjoy a splendid variety of scenery along the way, ranging from the water meadows of the valleys with their charming villages through woodland – ancient as well as modern – to downlands with far-ranging views. The path starts next to Salisbury Cathedral and heads through Clarendon Park and past the ruins of Clarendon Palace before a short wooded section takes us to Pitton. We then cross the hills to West and Middle Winterslow and descend into Broughton, where a we join a lovely country lane that takes us on to Houghton.
Here, we cross the River Teston our way to King’s Somborne. Another wooded section through Parnsholt woods then leads to the beautiful Farley Mount Country Park, where, at the highest point, there is a pyramid-shaped folly that gives the park its name. The final section see us descend into Winchester, passing through the outskirts and then along the River Itchen to finish next to the cathedral. We stay for three nights at Sarum College and transport is provided to the start point for each day’s walk. At the end of the holiday we allow time in Winchester to explore before returning to Salisbury to collect our luggage. For this holiday please book return travel from 4.30pm onwards.
Although the walks are longer than our usual low intermediate walks (9 to 11 miles), there is not a great deal of ascent.
We stay at Sarum College in Salisbury. Sarum College offers the only guest accommodation within Salisbury’s historic Cathedral Close, which itself is at the centre of this beautiful medieval city. It is a five-minute walk from the High Street with shops, cafes and a twice-weekly market and only moments away from the Cathedral. Your guide will arrange for the group to eat out together in the evenings in the city centre (not included).
Price includes: 3 nights’ half board accommodation, all transport to walks. On this walking holiday you can have a single room WITHOUT A SUPPLEMENT!
Not included: evening meals
Itinerary (subject to change)
You can arrive at any time from 2pm. Your guide will arrive by 5pm and, for those of you who wish, we can attend Evensong in the Cathedral before gathering for dinner in a local restaurant.
We leave the City on foot to begin our walk on the Clarendon Way. Passing the City walls we walk up out of Salisbury to Clarendon Palace with great views of the City behind us. We continue along gentle, rolling paths through woodland, farmland and two villages to our final destination Broughton where our minibus will collect us for our return to Salisbury. Our longest days walking will be followed by dinner in the City.
Our minibus will collect us at Sarum College and take us back to Broughton to continue our journey. Walking out of the village we will head towards the Test Valley looking for Ratty or Mole! This beautiful chalk stream river is famous worldwide for its trout fishing. Our path leads us towards Sparsholt through the Country Park. At the end of the day we will be collected and returned to Salisbury for dinner.
Our final morning’s walk from Sparsholt into Winchester along the banks of the River Itchen entering Winchester Cathedral through one of the City gates. We will have a chance to visit the Cathedral, wander in the City or simply have a cup of tea before our minibus picks us up for the final return to Salisbury and the beginning of our journeys home.
“Hugely enjoyable and exceeded my expectations. Truly lovely walk – fine views. The River Test was simply magical.” Accommodation: “Ideally situated close to the cathedral and town. Clean and comfortable – perfect.” Jane
“Lovely – very pleasant group and I liked being in a women-only environment. Excellent guide. Good to get to know a part of the country I was less familiar with. Very relaxing few days.” Liz