The Clarendon Way
A 24 mile walk joining the two Wessex cities of Winchester and Salisbury
The Clarendon Way crosses the Test Valley with its halfway point being Broughton. It starts beside the waters of the Itchen in the heart of Winchester and ends near the Avon at Salisbury Cathedral. It provides a splendid variety of scenery along the way, ranging from the water meadows of the valleys with their charming villages through woodland – ancient as well as modern – to downlands with far-ranging views.
The Clarendon Way route:
Salisbury to Clarendon Palace (3 miles)
The Way leaves Salisbury via Milford Street to Milford Road and Queen Manor Road. Through Rangers Farm, it bears right across a field and up to King Manor Hill where it enters the woods near the remains of Clarendon Palace.
Clarendon Palace to Broughton (8 miles)
Beyond the edge of the wood a left fork takes the walker to ‘Four Cottages’, then behind the houses it crosses the fields to the village of Pitton, emerging by the school. It takes the walker over the hills to emerge by the church at West Winterslow then on to Middle Winterslow and along the Roman road to Buckholt. A well-defined track leads direct to Broughton.
Broughton to Oliver’s Battery, Winchester (9½ miles)
The way lies along Rectory Lane then takes a path along the back of the village to join a track leading to Houghton. A short length of road leads to a footpath which crosses the River Test by a footbridge and shortly also crosses the Test Way. After passing through Kings Somborne the Way turns south-east across farmland to Parnholt Woods. There follows the stretch through Farley Mount Country Park then on minor roads to the outskirts of Winchester at Oliver’s Battery.
Oliver’s Battery to Winchester City Centre (3½ miles)
After passing through the housing estate at Oliver’s Battery, walkers cross a main road on a footbridge and descend via an old track, Whiteshute Lane to St Cross. They then follow the network of streams along the Itchen Valley, past the Winchester College playing fields to the City centre.