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Summary

Monday 16th – Thursday 19th October

No. of Nights:  3

Stay:  Hotel

Grade:  Easy-Moderate

The Clarendon Way is a 24 mile long-distance footpath that links two of England’s most celebrated and beautiful cathedral cities. From Salisbury Cathedral to Winchester Cathedral you will enjoy the sense of journeying on from one magnificent cathedral to another. The Clarendon Way takes you through a wide variety of scenery, from the water meadows of the valleys with their charming villages to ancient woodlands and chalk downland with magnificent views.

Enjoy

  • Guided tour of Salisbury and its magnificent Cathedral with Blue Badge Guide
  • Optional evensong at Salisbury Cathedral
  • Clarendon Park and the ruins of Clarendon Palace
  • Hampshire’s most beautiful villages with their ancient churches and long histories
  • Cosy village pubs along the length of the Clarendon Way
  • Ancient woodlands, royal hunting forests, valley water meadows and high chalk downland
  • An unswerving Roman Road between Old Sarum and Winchester
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Itinerary

Day One
Meet at 2pm for a guided tour of Salisbury and the Cathedral. Following tea, you may like to participate in Evensong at the Cathedral at 5.00pm. At 6.30pm meet your guide Barbara Hamilton and fellow guests at a Welcome Meeting before dinner in the city.

Day Two
Start today’s walk from Salisbury Cathedral, its landmark spire the tallest in Britain, visible for miles and guiding travellers into the city. Walk through the City out on to footpaths to Clarendon Park and the ruins of Clarendon Palace. This was once a favourite royal hunting lodge for Norman kings and particularly beloved by Henry II. It was then expanded by the Plantagenets into a great country house. Cross from Wiltshire into Hampshire, joining the course of the Roman Road on another long-distance path, the Monarch’s Way. Continue in the footsteps of the Romans to finally descend into the village of Broughton with its ancient well and dovecote. Transport back to Salisbury and your hotel. (11 miles)

Day Three
Starting the day at the village of Broughton, head out on to a lovely country lane leading to the village of Houghton. Here , cross the River Test, Hampshire’s longest and finest chalk stream. King's Somborne, your next village, is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, a perfect place for a lunch break at the local hostelry. Another wooded section through ancient Parnholt Woods follows. The next highlight is Farley Mount Country Park with wonderful views across the valley from the highest point. Finally descent to your awaiting comfortable minibus for transport back to Salisbury. (8 miles)

Day Four
Your route will take you past Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort, 2,500 years old. Enjoy more spectacular views before reaching Oliver’s Battery overlooking Winchester, once used as a camp by Oliver Cromwell during the Civil War. Cross the water meadows, pass the only surviving mill in Winchester and admire the attractive almshouses. Finish at the beautiful Winchester cathedral, the final resting place of Jane Austen. There will be time to explore a little of Winchester, visit its magnificent cathedral and, of course, finish with a cream tea! (3 miles)

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Hotels

Stay for three nights at Sarum College - the only guest accommodation within Salisbury’s historic Cathedral Close and of course just minutes from the Cathedral itself. You’ll be staying in the heart of this beautiful medieval city. It’s just a five-minute walk from the High Street with shops, cafés and a twice weekly
market.

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Grade of the walks

Although the second day is a little longer than usual, the walking is relatively easy with only a few gradients. The walks should not present any difficulties if you are a regular walker. Sarum College is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Salisbury rail and bus stations. There are direct train services from London Waterloo. The average journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 48 trains per day travelling between London and Salisbury.

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Tour price and costs

£431 per person for 2 people sharing a twin or double room; £17 per night single supplement

Price includes:

  • En-suite accommodation at Sarum College
  • Breakfasts
  • Luxury minibus transport daily to and from walks
  • Guided tour of Salisbury with Blue Badge Guide
  • 3 full-day’s guided walks with Barbara Hamilton

Price excludes:

  • Dinners: although you dine with the group each evening at some of Salisbury's most popular restaurants, dinners are not included, enabling you to choose your preferred menus
  • Lunches and optional teas at the beginning and end of the holiday
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature
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Flights

Sarum College is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Salisbury rail and bus stations. There are direct train services from London Waterloo. The average journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 48 trains per daytravelling between London and Salisbury.

If you are driving, there is limited parking at Sarum College. Salisbury is approximately 188 miles from London.

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