Clarendon Way

A Pilgrimage from Salisbury to Winchester


26 miles (42 km) with 2360 ft (720 metres) of ascent

Two days with and overnight stop in Broughton. Day 1 11 miles (17.6 km) and Day 2 15 miles 24.4 Km


OS Explorer 130 (Salisbury & Stonehenge), 131 (Andover) and OL32 Winchester

OS Landranger 184 (Salisbury & The Plain) and 185 (Winchester & Basingstoke)

Toughness 3 / 10 (for both days)

The Clarendon Way is a long distance waymarked footpath in Hampshire and Wiltshire. It starts at Salisbury Cathedral near the River Avon and ends near the River Itchen at Winchester Cathedral. The route passes through the Clarendon Estate and close to the 12th century ruins of Clarendon Palace. It then passes through the villages Pitton, the Winterslows, Broughton and King's Somborne, Farley Mount Country Park and St Cross.

It provides a route for Camino Pilgrims walking to Canterbury via Winchester who wish to start at Salisbury Cathedral.

Day 1 : Salisbury to Broughton

The walk notes start from Salisbury Railway station and the Clarendon Way itself starts from the Cathedral. After visiting the Cathedral the walk climbs gently out of the city passing the remains of Clarendon Palace and through the villages of Pitton and Middle Winterslow. It then joins the Roman Road from Old Sarum for a time before leaving it for the village of Broughton, the recomended overnight stop.

Day 2 : Broughton to Winchester

From Broughton the walk traverses farmland to cross the River Test and enter the village of Kings Somborne. The route then climbs gently to Ashley Down and Beacon Hill to rejoin the Roman Road at Farley Mount County Park. This leads to the outskirts of Winchester and via Oliver's Battery and St Cross, a former pilgrim hostel. From St Cross, the Way follows the River Itchen into the centre of Winchester with the Cathedral and other historic buildings. The walk notes end at Winchester Railway Station.

Walk Options

An alternative overnight stop is in Houghton. This is 2 miles (3 Km) after Broughton and makes both days walking more equal, but many walkers will want to spend some time in Salisbury before setting off hence the recommendation to stop overnight in Broughton.

Lunch and Tea

Day 1

Lunch: Silver Plough in Pitton, just 200m off the Clarendon Way.

Dinner: The Greyhound Inn SO20 8AA 01794 301992 or Tally Ho SO20 8AA 01794 301280 both in Broughton of if staying in Houghton The Boot Inn Church Lane SO20 6LH 01794 388310 400m off the route

Day 2

Lunch: The Crown Inn Kings Somborne SO20 6PW 01794 388360 will be too early in the day. Best option is to buy provsions from Martins Corner Store Winchester Rd, SO20 6NZ on the route and have a picnic

Tea: There are many tea places in Winchester for example Cafe Monde 22 The Square, Winchester SO23 9EX open until 6:00pm



  • Yew Tree House B&B £90/£90 at 12 High Street 01794 301227


  • Honeysuckle B&B £80/£95 07787 115601
  • Yew Tree Barn £114/£126 01794 388258

Salisbury is 1:30 hr from Waterloo with two trains per hour on weekdays

Return form Winchester to London Waterloo takes just ove 1:00 hr with foir direct trains per hour on weekdays

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