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|Salisbury River and Old Sarum|
|Author: Richard, Published: 15 Jan 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk starting from the market square in the centre of Salisbury in Wiltshire. The walk follows a stretch of the River Avon on the way out to the ancient hill fort of Old Sarum before passing back through the city’s residential suburbs, across railways and roads and through parks. |
The walk follows a wide variety of surfaces, from tarmac pavements and paths to playing fields and stone and mud paths. Some of the surfaces will be muddy after wet weather. There are a few steady inclines and a number of easy to use gates, but there are no stiles. The Old Sarum site is open all year but there are restricted daytime opening hours so check before you plan your visit. Dogs are welcome in Old Sarum as long as they are on a lead as there are sheep grazing here. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
The walk starts from the market square in the centre of Salisbury in Wiltshire. Parking is available in any of the city’s pay and display car parks. Approximate post code SP1 2EF.
|Market Square to Wooden Bridge|
Start point: 51.0691 lat, -1.7952 long
Leave Market Square in the north-west corner (heading for the library). Cross over the double pedestrian crossing and enter the small covered precinct called Market Walk. As you emerge, cross over the river bridge and then turn immediately right onto Riverside Walk. Continue along the tarmac path with the river on your right.
|Wooden Bridge to T-junction|
Start point: 51.0778 lat, -1.8012 long
Cross over the wooden bridge and then turn immediately left along a narrow mud and gravel path with the river now on your left and the leisure centre on your right.
|T-junction to Old Sarum|
Start point: 51.0852 lat, -1.8083 long
Cross over the road and turn right. Follow the pavement around the first bend and continue for another 200 yards. Immediately after a large thatched cottage, where the road bends to the right, bear left along a narrower stone track called The Portway.
|Old Sarum to Old Cathedral|
Start point: 51.0924 lat, -1.801 long
Go through the first gate, and then ahead through the second gate onto the tarmac entrance road to Old Sarum.
|Old Cathedral to Castle Road|
Start point: 51.0939 lat, -1.8065 long
Old Sarum Cathedral was a Norman cathedral. After the Norman conquest of England in 1066, William the Conqueror used Old Sarum as a base of operations. He appointed his nephew, Osmund de Sees, as his chancellor and the Bishop of Salisbury. Osmund had the first cathedral at Old Sarum completed in 1092. At its greatest the cathedral was 56 metres end to end and was built in the standard cruciform shape.
|Castle Road to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.088 lat, -1.799 long
Pass through the gap and turn right onto the pavement alongside Castle Road. Pass two mini roundabouts and then the Co-op on your right. Immediately afterwards turn right through the gates into Victoria Park, and follow the tarmac path ahead with the hedge on your left. Continue past the car park and a children’s play area. Eventually you will reach the main park gated entrance ahead.
|Footbridge to Market Square|
Start point: 51.0769 lat, -1.7953 long
Use the footbridge to cross the ring road, and then go over the small rail bridge. Continue ahead along the residential road. At the crossroads go straight on into Swaynes Close. At the end of the road, go ahead onto a tarmac path with tall trees and a playing field on the left and garages on the right. Turn right through the car park at the end, and then turn left onto the tarmac footpath heading alongside the church.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Richard and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely walk, easy to follow directions. We improvised a different route back to the city centre.
|By ibumtigers on 2014-10-07 18:47:46|
Nationwide has moved so start the walk from the covered Market Walk next to the library in Market Place.
|By gillround on 2016-02-05 09:21:54|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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