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Avon Valley Path self-guided walking holiday Hampshire

Walking holiday on the
Avon Valley Path

from Salisbury to Christchurch
(or vice versa)
via Ringwood and Fordingbridge

Walking Holiday Avon Valley Path
Suggested Tour Duration:
5 nights, 4 days walking
Total Distance:
34 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/10 miles
Average Daily distance:
9 miles
Grading:
easy
Features:

Salisbury Cathedral
River Avon
New Forest

This self guided walking holiday takes in the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and is a great introduction to walking holidays.
The Avon Valley Path passes through some of the River Avon's most spectacular landscapes full of wildlife and heritage.
It can be combined with the Clarendon Way or the Stour Valley Way for a longer walking holiday.

Day 1: Arrive at Salisbury
To start your walking holiday you make your own to Salisbury. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided river walking holiday.
Salisbury Cathedral on Avon Valley Path self-guided walking holiday Wiltshire and Hampshire
Downton on Avon Valley Path self-guided walking holiday Wiltshire and Hampshire Day 2: Salisbury to Downton.    8 miles     easy
Before you leave Salisbury in Wiltshire visit its cathedral dating back to the 12th century and historic buildings. Leave by the 700 year old Harnham Bridge over the River Avon. The path crosses the River Ebble near Odstock. This area has many little villages full of historic buildings and pubs. The path follows the canal built in 17th century and through water meadows. There is plenty of time to explore the shops, villages and pubs on route.

Day 3: Downton to Fordingbridge.   7 miles   easy
Downton is one of the oldest villages in Wiltshire dating back to the 7th century. The path winds through woodlands and pastures before crossing into Hampshire and the New Forest. Through farm land and water meadows, over a suspension bridge, along an old railway line to Fordingbridge.

Fordingbridge on Avon Valley Path self-guided walking holiday Hampshire
River Avon on Avon Valley Path self-guided walking holiday Hampshire Day 4: Fordingbridge to Ringwood.    9 miles     easy
Fordingbridge is a busy market town with many fine shops and pubs with a magnificent seven arch bridge crossing the river. Soon after leaving the town the path passes a trout farm. The farm at Turmer is famous for still using heavy horses to work the land, a rare site in deed in the 21st century. As the path reaches Ringwood it passes lakes which were former gravel pits, now a haven for wildlife.
Day 5: Ringwood to Christchurch.    10 miles    easy
Ringwood is a busy market town with a very busy Wednesday market and many fine shops and pubs. The path continues via water meadows and old railway paths. On to Sopley, a charming village with a mill mentioned in the Doomsday book. The path passes through the grounds of Sopley Park, the former home of the owners of the Schweppes Company. Soon the path enters Christchurch with its fine shops, historic harbour and Priory built in 1094, the official end of the path. Christchurch is a great place to spend a few days, and extra nights can be arranged.
Christchurch on Avon Valley Path self-guided walking holiday Hampshire
Day 6: Depart after breakfast
We can transfer you to your car or station.

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Avon Valley Path

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
This walking holiday in the UK operates year round and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Avon Valley Path

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks

Five nights from £449 per person
double occupancy

* All prices subject to change

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