This page describes the Clarendon Way.
The Clarendon broadly follows the medieval route between the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury.
Crossing the River Test: - the Clarendon Way crosses the Test at Houghton.
Description of the path
The Romans built a road between Venta Belgarum [Winchester] and [Old Sarum]. Old Sarum had been an Iron Age fort and Romans made it a transport hub and garrison town. A millennium later in the early 13thC Salisbury was developed on the marshlands where several rivers meet.
The Clarendon Way follows old the Roman Road, often directly or within a kilometre, out of Winchester and in two stages as far as Middle Winterslow. Thereafter the path heads to Salisbury along an undulating chalk ridge where it is forested.
Before it reaches Salisbury the path passes by Clarendon Palace. The palace must be the best kept secret place in Wessex. A former hunting lodge the palace was developed by Henry II & III.
The 45.0km route also takes in the two cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury as well as Clarendon Palace, Pitton, West Wintserslow, Middle Winterslow, Broughton, Houghton, Kings Somborne from where it climbs to Beacon Hill and Farley Mount, Crab Wood to the outskirts of Winchester: Oliver’s Battery and St Cross.
Clarendon Way Stats
|Lowest point||28||[m amsl] at St Cross|
|Highest point||174||[m amsl] at Farley Mount|
2. Stages Completed
The stages below are stages completed to date and follow a west to east direction. The distance is taken from GPS data.
|Clarendon Palace - Middle Winterslow||7.2km||moderate|
|Middle Winterslow - Buckholt||4.2km||moderate|
|Buckholt - Broughton||3.5km||moderate|
|Kings Somborne - Beacon Hill||5.0km||moderate|
|Beacon Hill - Old Sarum Road||7.0km||flat|
|Old Sarum Road - Winchester||6.9km||moderate|
The above [one-way] stage distances provide for leisurely afternoon out and back type walks. It is possible to walk the entire way in a day and the Clarendon Way marathon is also popular.
3. Percent and total distance walked to date
|100% completed||KJM & KM||45.0km||2012||both directions|
Points of Interest
Getting there - access
We used a car to get to the stage points and walked all the legs out and back. Many of the stage points are difficult to reach by public transport.
Start: 22 January 2012
End: 01 July 2012
References & Links:
|Date||Reference or link|
|20141116||Clarendon Way Home page [Hants Co Co]|
|20141116||Clarendon Way [LDP Association]|
Updated KM 07 December 2014