Salisbury Winter Walks

If you’re still feeling full from the festivities, stuffed from the stuffing or podged by all the pudding, why not take a winter walk around Salisbury?

Salisbury is the perfect place to walk off all those roasties, After Eights and mince pies. Our city, with its medieval grid system, is compact and made for walking!

There are plenty of walking routes that make the most of Salisbury’s beauty and history. Here are some walks you can do in Salisbury this festive season… 

Take a wheelchair and pushchair-friendly walk around the Cathedral Close

Start at the 18th-century Mompesson House and take in the stunning views of Salisbury Cathedral and The Close which showcase 800 years of history. Find the full walking route here.

Salisbury Discovery Nature Trail

Get to know our wonderful wildlife on the Salisbury Discovery Nature Trail.

Follow 15 posts located in Salisbury’s parks and open spaces including Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Victoria Park and Harnham Slope.

If you are feeling energetic you can complete the trail in one go (it will take about a day) or break it down into sections to complete at different times. 

Booklets detailing the trail, and where to find the plaques, can be downloaded from the Salisbury City Council website or picked up from the Information Centre and Salisbury Shopmobility. 

The booklets also include lots of fun facts for the children, and tips on what wildlife to look out for. Find out more here.

Salisbury Cathedral and Salisbury Water meadows 

Head out on this 3.4-km circular walk around Salisbury following in the footsteps of the artist John Constable to see the view that inspired his painting ‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows’.

Start at Salisbury Cathedral make your way through the water meadows, pass the Old Mill and then return through residential streets and over the River Avon back to the cathedral. Find the full route here.

See the sights from Salisbury Cathedral to Lower Bemerton 

George Herbert was an English poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. He lived in St. Andrew’s Chruch in Lower Bemerton, and when he visited Salisbury Cathedral to pray and make music it is thought he would walk across the meadows.

This 2 ¼ mile walk includes many famous Salisbury sights Herbert would have seen on his walk including the Cathedral, Mompesson House, Mitre House, Church House, the cathedral from the watermeadows, The Old Rectory and St. Andrew’s Church. 

Find the full route from The Friends of St Andrew’s Bemerton here.

For more walking routes in the city and further afield, click here. 

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