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Walking the Sarsen Way

Stonehenge, Avebury, Salisbury and the Cranborne Droves Way

Guidebook to the Sarsen Way (79km) from Coate Water Park to Salisbury and the Cranborne Droves Way (28km) connecting Salisbury to Wessex Ridgeway at Win Green. These long-distance paths are part of the Great Chalk Way. Suggested 2-8 day itineraries, OS maps, accommodation options, and reverse route descriptions are included.

Seasons

The two routes can be undertaken at any time of the year, although between early spring and the end of autumn offers the chance of more settled weather and better walking conditions. Routes can get muddy in winter.

Centres

Swindon, Chiseldon, Avebury, Durrington, Amesbury, Great Durnford, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Shaftesbury.

Difficulty

Fairly low level walking to suit most ages and abilities; no difficulties apart from some short steep uphill and downhill sections, can be muddy in winter, some road crossings and sections along quiet country roads and lanes that require care.

Must See

The Sarsen Way from Coate Water Country Park on the outskirts of Swindon to Salisbury, home to a stunning medieval cathedral, passing Barbury Castle, the Vale of Pewsey, Salisbury Plain, Old Sarum and a number of picturesque villages. Optional loops take in visits of the stunning prehistoric sites at Avebury and Stonehenge (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Cranborne Droves Way from Salisbury to Win Green meandering through Cranborne Chase with an optional ending at Shaftesbury, home to the famed Gold Hill.
ISBN
9781786311269
Availability
Published
Published
27 May 2024
Edition
First
Pages
120
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x .75cm
Weight
140g
Overview

Guidebook to the Sarsen Way (79km) from Coate Water Park to Salisbury and the Cranborne Droves Way (28km) connecting Salisbury to Wessex Ridgeway at Win Green. These long-distance paths are part of the Great Chalk Way. Both can be walked in a week and are suitable for all abilities.

The routes are presented in 8 stages, ranging from 10.5km to 17.3km. Reverse route descriptions are also included.

  • Step-by-step route descriptions plus 1:50k OS mapping
  • Centres include Swindon, Chiseldon, Avebury, Durrington, Amesbury, Great Durnford, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Shaftesbury
  • Comprehensive planning information and notes on sites along the route
  • GPX files available to download
  • The compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack

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Steve Davison Cicerone author SDAVISON

By Steve Davison

Steve Davison is a writer and photographer who has written a number of books, including several guidebooks published by Cicerone. He has also written articles for a range of outdoor magazines and other publications. A keen hill walker for most of his life, with interests in nature, geology and the countryside, Steve is a qualified Mountain Leader and has also previously worked as a part-time outdoor education instructor. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. Find out more about him at www.stevedavison.co.uk. 

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