Clarendon Way loop 8 – Clarendon Park

Clarendon Way loop 8

The penultimate stretch towards Salisbury takes us to Clarendon Park, a stone’s throw from Salisbury. We stop a few minutes short of Clarendon Palace. You can either walk a few minutes further an have a look at the ruins and Llamas on the Palace grounds, or leave it for loop 9 which approaches Clarendon Palace from Salisbury. The first part of the walk, away from the Winterslows, goes through fields whilst past Pitton the past is shaded in woodland.

Start at Winterslow Recreation Ground — there’s more information about the village in loop 7. Loop 9 is the final stretch of the Clarendon Way.

Length: 15.2 km / 9.5 miles
Time: 3 hours 15 minutes at a swift pace + breaks
Difficulty: Moderate – 234 m total ascent

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Overview Clarendon Way 9 loops. For walks in Winchester, have a look at the walkWINCHESTER 12 walk challenge.

Highlights of Clarendon Way loop 8

Clarendon Park, view towards the Winterbournes
View towards the Winterbournes at Clarendon Park

The combination of woodland and open fields is really great on this walk. There are a lot of footpaths around Middle Winterslow and the hilly terrain past Lobhill Barrow just to West is a great start to this walk before opening up to views towards Salisbury Plain.

The approach to Clarendon Park through woods is pretty much in a straight lines. If you walk anti-clockwise, you can break out of the woods just before your reach the westernmost point of the walk and catch a first glimpse of Salisbury Cathedral behind Clarendon Palace. That’s a great feeling if you walk the Clarendon Way from Winchester — the endpoint is in reach!

Firsdown
View to Firsdown
Path through Warner's Copse
Path through Warner’s Copse

Start in Middle Winterslow

Roman Road in Middle Winterslow
The walk starts on the Roman Road in Middle Winterslow
Beyond Middleton Farm
Beyond Middleton Farm
View from near Pitton towards Firsdown
View from near Pitton towards Firsdown

West Winterslow

Church of All Saints, West Winterslow
Church of All Saints, West Winterslow
Farm, West Winterslow
Leaving West Winterslow
The Clarendon Flock
The Clarendon Flock

Pitton to Clarendon Park

Going into Pitton Copse
Going into Pitton Copse
Towards Pitton Lodge
Towards Pitton Lodge
Church Copse
Church Copse

A storm moving to Clarendon Park

Rain behind Parsonage Farm
Rain behind Parsonage Farm
Field on the return to West Winterslow
Field on the return to West Winterslow

More walks: walkWINCHESTER 12 walk challenge.

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