Walking the Clarendon Way
The Clarendon Way is a 24 mile, long-distance walking route that links two of the most celebrated and beautiful cathedral cities in England. It stretches from Wiltshire in the west to Hampshire in the east. The way is named after Clarendon Park, once the site of Clarendon Palace, a royal hunting lodge for Norman kings. All that remains of this great country house today is a single stretch of flint wall.
The Way has been divided into four sections, each providing a really good day out. Choose between watery valley meadows or high chalk downland with exhilarating views, cosy village pubs or bustling sophisticated cathedral cities, straight unswerving Roman roads or meandering woodland paths.
There are the two magnificent cities of Salisbury and Winchester where you can visit antique shops, sample local crafts and food or even stay for a night or two. There are also some charming villages such as Pitton, Broughton and King's Somborne, where you can explore the village churches and twisting lanes, or stop for a rest at welcoming pubs to sample the local beer or learn some local lore.
This ancient route runs across high land using long forgotten riding routes. It passes through some of the oldest remaining royal hunting forests and woodland in Hampshire with ancient ruins to search for and tranquil village churches to rest in. Walk through gently rolling hills and farmland and look for buzzards, chiffchaffs, kestrels, foxes, orchids or cowslips. Stroll through fabulous water meadows teeming with wild life. You can even imagine yourself walking with the Romans as their ghostly legions march from Old Sarum to Winchester.
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Check bus and train routes before heading off as they are subject to change.
The route is shown on the following Ordnance Survey maps:
Explorer maps at 1:25,000 scale:
OL130, OL131 & OL132
The route is also waymarked with a green arrow.
Please ensure you follow the Countryside Code.