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)

Hampshire Cottages

Beautiful Hampshire holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of this unique county