The Clarendon Way features beautiful cathedral cities of Salisbury (associated with the painter John Constable) and Winchester (ancient capital of Wessex)
The Clarendon Way, named after the site of Clarendon Palace, a former Norman royal hunting lodge, is a 24 mile/38 km path linking two of the great cathedral cities of England – Salisbury and Winchester, from Wiltshire in the west to Hampshire in the east. We are offering this as a three-night, two-walking-day break, taking you through water meadows and across chalk downland, through woodland and villages with their history, ancient houses, and pubs. At either end, two historic cities with their magnificent cathedrals and elegant Closes.
£325 per person, based upon two people sharing. Single supplement is £90.
Supplement for single Person walking alone £25
Three nights’ accommodation in B and Bs or hotels with private bathrooms, luggage transportation on walking days, route notes and maps. Upgrades to hotels are possible in some instances. This section may also be walked over 4 days/5 nights. Please ask.
Extra nights are possible along the route – please ask. If you wish to do the full North Downs Way from Farnham to Canterbury, please contact us. Similarly, we also offer the Canterbury Loop (Canterbury to Sheperdswell 10.4 miles, Sheperdswell to Dover 8.3 miles, Dover to Etching Hill 13 miles, Etching Hill to Boughton Lees 11.5 miles, Boughton Lees to Canterbury 13.1 miles).
Meals not mentioned in the programme, drinks with meals, insurance. Dinners can be included on request.
April to end of October – start on the day of your choice.
Arrive Salisbury for overnight. Much to explore in this beautiful town, including the medieval cathedral (still much as painted by Constable in the 19th century), a 13th century banqueting hall, and two outstanding museums – the Salisbury and South Wiltshire, and the Wardrobe Military.
Walk Salisbury to Broughton. Leave the city to cross the Bourne at medieval Milford Bridge and pass through peaceful Clarendon Park. At Pitton you may like to take a break at the Silver Plough pub before passing into the county of Hampshire following the old Roman road. Overnight Broughton. 11 miles/17.6 kms.
Walk Broughton to Winchester. Follow the Wallop Brook to Houghton, with its interesting church, and its pub, and then cross the Test, the longest and finest chalk stream in the country. Come to the pretty village of King’s Sombourne, first mentioned in the Domesday Book and so to Farley Mount with its spectacular views and curious pyramid folly dedicated to a horse. Then to Oliver’s Battery and to St. Cross, with England’s oldest almshouses, with its tradition of offering the Wayfarer’s Dole to those travelers who ask for it. Finally, enter the city proper via the college and water meadows. Overnight Winchester. 13 miles/20.8 kms.
Accommodation in good quality bed and breakfasts – all rooms with private bathrooms.
Included: 3 nights in bed and breakfast accommodation with breakfast, luggage movement between accommodation, maps and route notes.
Drinks, dinners, anything not mentioned in the programme.
Rail: The walk begins in Salisbury, which is on the main railway line from London (Waterloo) – see www.thetrainline.com
Bus: Direct services from London – see www.nationalexpress.com
Air: The nearest airports are Bournemouth, Bristol and London.
Please contact us to book this walk or make an enquiry