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Salisbury has some lovely places for walking, both in the town centre and the outskirts. With so much beautiful countryside around the town, there are a lot to choose from.

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Historical Walks in Salisbury

Some of the buildings, Salisbury Cathedral and the Close

The Salisbury Cathedral Close Walk

Spend an afternoon exploring the Cathedral Close, or make a day of it and visit the buildings which are open to the public - there are two museums, a Prime Ministers house, places to eat and of course, the cathedral itself.

The Old Mill in Harnham from the outside.

Historical Sites of Salisbury Walk

This walk takes you around all of the major historical sites of Salisbury including some little known buildings which are open to the public: see a medieval cinema, the pub where D-Day was planned, Constable's painting spots and lots more. Everywhere is free to visit and full directions are provided. Read on >>

A bridge over the Town Path leading to Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury

The Constable Water Meadows Walk

Follow this trail around the Close, Harnham and the Water Meadows to see the places where Constable painted some of his most famous pictures of Salisbury. Full walking directions and pictures of his paintings side by side with photos of the same views today. Read more >>

Salisbury Cathedral to Old Sarum Walk

This circular walk of about 4 miles follows the River Avon out of the city to the original Salisbury, where you can explore the outer ramparts for free and enjoy 360 degree views over the area. Full directions given with a choice of 3 routes depending on the weather. Read more >>

The Milford Street Memory Walk

A short walk which takes in Salisbury's industrial heritage, the tight knit Greencroft community and much more in this detailed walk. Read more >>

The secret gardens and pond in front of the council building in Salisbury

The Secret Salisbury Walk

A short, circular walk which takes in places even many of the locals don't know about: the remains of 13th century city walls, a porch removed from the cathedral, the Secret Garden, the old school house, even the vanishing trough. Full walking directions, photos and historical background >>

Walks in the outskirts of Salisbury

A camel grazing behind a cedar tree.

The Woodford Valley Camel Walk

This 3.5 mile walk starts and ends at a pub in the beautiful village of Lower Woodford, and follows part of the Monarchs Way as well as a tree-lined avenue, open farmland, woods, incredible views and some free-roaming camels.

The Witches Trees of Grovely Woods Walk

Just outside Salisbury is the town of Wilton, which gives easy access to these mysterious trees buried deep in Grovely Woods, said to be planted over the bodies of four witches. With a Roman Road and World War II bunkers nearby, this is a great walk for all the family.

Long Distance Walks

Salisbury is the start / end point for two long distance walks:

The River Avon surrouded by reeds on the banks

Avon Valley Path - 34 miles

The AVP is from Salisbury Cathedral to Christchurch Priory, roughly following the River Avon down to the sea.

Most people do it over 4 or 5 sections, although it can be done in two days. It is straightforward to follow and there are plenty of historical sites to see en route. Read more >>

The ruins of Claredon Palace

Clarendon Way - 24 miles

From Salisbury Cathedral to Winchester Cathedral, the Clarendon Way gets its name from Clarendon Palace, a hunting lodge for Norman royalty. It passes through some beautiful villages, water meadows and iron age hill forts as it follows ancient riding routes. You can read an entertaining account of the walk by Mike from HikerHero here, complete with maps.

Visiting Salisbury?

Our Salisbury City Guide is full of information on where to visit, stay, shop, eat and lots more.


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