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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday Walk - Salisbury to Amesbury (via Stonehenge World Heritage Site)

Length: 25.1 km (15.6 mi) [shorter and longer options possible]
Ascent/Descent: 330 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10

Take the 09.15 Exeter St. David's train from  Waterloo (09.22 Clapham J., 09.48 Woking), arriving Salisbury at 10.48
Return buses from Amesbury to Salisbury City Centre (lines X4, 8 and 33; from 21 mins journey time): 16.41, 17.14, 17.29, 17.41, 18.25 then 20.12 and 21.39
Return trains from Salisbury: xx.27 and xx.52  to 18.52, then xx.27 only

This superb walk has no major climbs but covers beautiful rolling countryside and farmland and fields of golden barley and wheat. You then have an evocative and magical approach to Stonehenge across Salisbury Plain. After passing close to the site the route takes you down the original approach used by the Druids – The Avenue – as you set off on the final leg to Amesbury and a bus back to Salisbury city centre. There is a lot to see on this walk and what you choose to do depends very much on your interests and how far you want to walk or travel. You get excellent views of Old Sarum hill fort and of Stonehenge from the walk route. If you wish to visit the sites themselves you have to buy tickets though (for Stonehenge: in advance online). The ancient city of Salisbury  has a fascinating history and the Destination Salisbury website provides information about it. If you wish to visit Salisbury Cathedral this is slightly off route.

For walk directions and all options to shorten or lengthen the walk, a map, a height profile, gpx/kml files, and photos click here.

Lunch: The Wheatsheaf Inn in Lower Woodford (10.2 km/6.4 mi, food all day) or The Bridge Inn in Upper Woodford (13.0 km/8.1 mi, food to 15.00). The Black Horse in Great Durnford is off-route and only does food to 14.00 (15 km/9.3 mi).  

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