Salisbury Cathedral across the Water Meadows

SWC Walk 254 Salisbury Circular

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Mill Barn, Coombe Bissett

SWC Walk 254 Salisbury Circular

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Along Church bottom, on the way to the Ox Drove

SWC Walk 254 Salisbury Circular

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Scenic Down East of Church Bottom

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Bishopstone from the top of the Down

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Gate to Cathedral Precinct

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High Street, Salisbury

SWC Walk 254 Salisbury Circular

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Salisbury Circular walk

Long walk. Gentle start via historic Salisbury, the Chalke Valley, pretty villages. Strenuous afternoon via the Downs, a Roman Road, and a noted Water Meadows view of the Cathedral

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Fri, 07-Dec-18

Date # Post
Sat, 16-Sep-17 11

Saturday Walk - Chalke Valley and Cranborne Chase: Salisbury Circular

Length: 32.2 km (20.0 mi) [shorter walk possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 460m; Net Walking Time: 7 ¼ hours
Toughness: 9/10
Take the 09.20 Exeter St David's & Bristol Temple Meads train from Waterloo (09.27 Clapham J, 09.46 Woking), arrives Salisbury 10.42.
Return trains are on xx.47 and xx.21 to 18.21, then 19.26, 19.50, 20.26, 21.26, 22.27.
This long walk explores the Chalke Valley in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the South West of the quintessentially English Cathedral City of Salisbury. It leads out of town through the Cathedral precinct, past some of England’s finest historic houses and through the Harnham Hill suburb into open fields with far views over the Chalke Valley to distant Downs. The morning route then largely follows the Ebble River upstream in the Chalke Valley through several pretty villages in this picturesque part of Wiltshire, with three good lunch pubs and two community stores conveniently spaced out along the route.
Most of the climbing is left for the afternoon, starting with a steady ascent with splendid views into pretty coombes, from Broad Chalke up to an ancient Ox Drove on top of the Downs. A long stretch with more views from the Down into coombes and valleys follows, largely along the course of a Roman Road, before the descent back into the Chalke Valley, followed by an immediate re-ascent up another Down. A Drove Track with views into the Nadder and Wylye Valleys leads past Salisbury’s Race Course and through the steep Harnham Slope Nature Reserve to tea at Harnham’s charming Old Mill.
From there the route back to the station goes through the town’s Water Meadows and provides ‘Britain’s Best View’ (Country Life magazine): Salisbury Cathedral across the meadows.
Shorter routes, reducing the length by 5.4 km or 7.2 km respectively, are described.
Lunch: The White Hart in Bishopstone (11.9 km/7.4 mi, food to 14.30), The Queens Head in Broad Chalke (15.4 km/9.6 mi, food all day).
Tea: The Old Mill at Harnham (1.0 km from the end of the walk), plus a couple of Indian restos by the station and lots of choice in Salisbury’s City Centre (a little off-route).

For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.
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Just wondered what will be the walk distance if I do a circular turning back from Stratford Tony, with lunch at Fox & Goose? Thanks
If you turn back from the church in Stratford Tony (recommended, as it's nice and in a nice location), then it's 17.03 km.
SouthWestern has a half price advance ticket offer.
There don't seem to be any of the half price tickets available for this journey. Maybe they've sold out.
10 off the train plus 1 other off an earlier one, as we later found out.11.
We started with a couple of very short periods of spittle, while the overcast skies were clearing to reveal blue, and it stayed overcast with long sunny breaks until the last 20 minutes, when the dark looming front from the left caught up with us and all waterproofs got donned.
3, incl. the early starter, walked one of the shortcuts, 8 the full walk. We had an encounter with a large herd of young bulls, that were charging up and down a field erratically, prompting most to take to the road instead. The real drama at that point though was that one walker, while crawling under the elec lime surrounding that field, got her walking poles (attached to the backpack) into the elec line and nearly electrocuted herself. Shaken for a while, a whiskey at the lunch pub sorted her out.
Else? Fine views, scenic downs in a quiet part of Wiltshire, a pretty part of Salisbury, two shooting parties, and a meal at the end for some at one of the Indian restaurants by the station. 19.26 train for the rest.
Sat, 01-Aug-15 10

Third walk

L=3.254 Extra Walk - Salisbury Circular
Length: 32.2 km (20 miles). Toughness: 9/10
(Shortcut option I: 26.8 km Toughness: 8/10; Shortcut option II: 25 km Toughness: 7/10)

Catch the 9:20 from London Waterloo (CJ: 9:27) arrives Salisbury 10:42. Direct return trains xx:21, xx:47, 19:26, xx:26. 22:27 (change at Basingstoke).

For the first outing of this new walk by Thomas, we will be taking the opportunity to check the walk directions. From the text: "This long walk explores the Chalke Valley in the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the South West of the quintessentially English Cathedral City of Salisbury. It leads out of town through the Cathedral precinct, past some of England’s finest historic houses and through the Harnham Hill suburb into open fields with far views over the Chalke Valley to distant Downs. The morning route then largely follows the Ebble River upstream in the Chalke Valley through several pretty villages in this picturesque part of Wiltshire, with three good lunch pubs and two community stores conveniently spaced out along the route. Most of the climbing is left for the afternoon, starting with a steady ascent with splendid views into pretty coombes, from Broad Chalke up to an ancient Ox Drove on top of the Downs. A long stretch with more views from the Down into coombes and valleys follows, largely along the course of a Roman Road, before the descent back into the Chalke Valley, followed by an immediate re-ascent up another Down. A Drove Track with views into the Nadder and Wylye Valleys leads past Salisbury’s Race Course and through the steep Harnham Slope Nature Reserve to tea at Harnham’s charming Old Mill. From there the route back to the station goes through the town’s Water Meadows and provides ‘Britain’s Best View’ (Country Life magazine): Salisbury Cathedral across the meadows." Link to walk directions. gpx files

SWT Summer promotion booked in advance at £20 return (vs. on the day £25.30 NW Card return from Waterloo).

Since pointed out that 1st August is excluded from the promotion. It's well hidden in the T&C's: Summer Promotion 2015 terms and conditions
  1. Offer consists of Off Peak Day Return tickets between two stations for travel on South West Trains and Island Line services only.
  2. Excludes stations west of Salisbury (between Warminster – Bristol Temple Meads and Tisbury – Exeter St. Davids inclusive).
  3. Tickets are priced at £20 per adult and £8 per child. No further discount is available for Railcard holders and the offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount.
  4. Offer is valid Monday to Saturday between 20 July – 28 August 2015, excluding Saturday 1 and 15 August 2015.
Intend going.
Will definitely be joining the walk.
fyi:
the webmaster has kindly set up the page for this new walk now (SWC 254), if you want to have a look at the overview route map (incl. the shortcuts), the elevation profile etc....
for anyone not too impressed with the LDWA type length of this walk: apart from the two shortcuts mentioned, there is also the number 29 bus back to Salisbury, calling at all three pubs en route, as well as mid afternoon in the village of Stratford Tony. That's after 24.8 km (for details on all of this: see the top of page 2 in the file).
Will go and do a short cut.
hot and sunny 10 Some of the regulars are holidaying for the month of August in their southern European villas, which left just 10 of us on this most picturesque and enjoyable walk. Finished off with a drink and meal at the Old Mill.
It is holiday season, walker numbers are reduced for both long and short walks. However, sunny days like Saturday in summer often attract new walkers, net net it balances out.