The Clarendon Way

Published on 22 April 2024 at 16:48

I did 16 miles of this walk on Sunday with my friend Sharon and her friend Cathy. It's a bit outside my normal area but quite easily accessible from the M3 or by train if you feel up to doing it all in one go! There are a few buses to Kings Somborne (a possible centre point but they're not available on a Sunday).

The walk is from Winchester cathedral to Salisbury, or vice versa! It's actually nearer 27 miles overall so marathon distance. We'll do the next bit in June. It was a lovely day, cool but sunny. Not a drop of rain appeared but the northerly breeze kept us moving!

We took our obligatory pictures outside Winchester cathedral after ambling around Winchester from the free car park we found near the centre. Then after passing some very interesting and historic buildings we found some countryside, some stunning views from the hills and the water meadows. It took a while to get clear of the suburbs but it was delightful all the way from there. The villages are picture book and we passed various branches of the River Test, chalk streams so clear and presumably clean!

Nature was very evident whether it was the spring flowers, cowslips, bluebells, stitchwort amongst them and a few butterflies showed up! We spotted a slowworm and a vole too! Birds included a couple of kestrels hovering, rookeries, skylarks, blackcaps, chiffchaffs and whitethroats.

I should have taken more photos, especially of the views, maybe next time!

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