Avon Valley Path


Salisbury Cathedral © Mike Searle
Swans on River Avon © Peter Facey
Christchurch Harbour © Chris Downer

The Avon Valley Path is a walking trail from Salisbury, one of the most beautiful cathedral cities in England, to Christchurch Priory and the sea. It runs from Wiltshire due south through Hampshire to finish in Dorset. The Path is named after the river whose course it follows.

If you are feeling fit you could walk the whole trail in two days. However it would be much more pleasurable to spread it over several days or even a week, with overnight stops in the villages and towns along the way. A three day schedule with stops in the towns is:

- Salisbury to Fordingbridge with lunch in Downton (14.5 miles)
- Fordingbridge to Ringwood with lunch in Ibsley (8.5 miles)
- Ringwood to Christchurch with lunch in Sopley (11.5 miles)


Assuming a constant pace and no stops, typically it will take 11 hours 34 minutes to walk the distance and along the way 3092 calories will be burnt.

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