In the Footsteps of Pilgrims
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- In the Footsteps of Pilgrims
Follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims as you walk from from Salisbury in Wiltshire to Guildford in Surrey via the Test, Itchen and Wey Valleys. Discover pretty villages, historic churches and beautiful country pubs on this unique walking holiday.
From Salisbury you follow the Clarendon Way for two days, crossing the Test Valley before arriving at Winchester Cathedral. A night in this historic city is not to be missed before you walk beside the crystal clear waters of the River Itchen to the Georgian town of Alresford.
- 67 miles / 108 kms
- 3-6 days
- Salisbury - Guildford
At Alresford you leave the Itchen Valley following broadly the tracks of the Watercress Line over the "Hampshire Alps" to Alton at the source of the River Wey. From Alton you walk on the northern side of the Wey Valley to Farnham in Surrey, an old English market town with narrow streets lined with some of the finest Georgian architecture in the South of England and a parish church and castle dating back to the 12th Century.
On the final day you follow the first stage of the North Downs Way before ending your holiday in Guildford. The St. Swithun's Way and the North Downs Way combine to form the Pilgrims' Way, a long distance path connecting Winchester to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.
The walking distances each day will vary depending on the accommodation you choose each night. Large groups may need to use hotels and inns in towns and villages nearby. On all days there are country pubs to stop for lunch although a small diversion from the trail is usually needed. Alternatively the hotels and inns you stay with can provide a packed lunch, which you collect on departure.
St. Swithun's Way
Day 1 - Winchester to Alresford - 10 miles / 16 kms
Day 2 - Alresford to Alton - 11 miles / 17.5 kms
Day 3 - Alton to Farnham - 12 miles / 19 kms
Clarendon Way and St. Swithun's Way
Day 1 - Salisbury - Houghton - 13 miles / 21 km
Day 2 - Houghton to Winchester - 13 miles / 21 km
Day 3 - Winchester to Alresford - 10 miles / 16 kms
Day 4 - Alresford to Alton - 11 miles / 17.5 kms
Day 5 - Alton to Farnham - 12 miles / 19 kms
Day 6 - Farnham to Guildford - 12 miles / 19 kms
Salisbury, Winchester and Guildford all have train stations with connections to London. The journey time by road between Guildford and Salisbury is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes although this varies depending on the time of day. At weekends and on public holidays the journey time can be longer. If you are parking your car in Salisbury or Winchester there are several long term car parks available.
Hotels & Inns
We have listed some of the better hotels and inns with links to TripAdvisor where you can read customer reviews and check prices and availability. If you like an early start, when booking accommodation check the time breakfast is served in the morning. All should be able to provide packed lunches. For those finishing late, check when evening meals end.