Walking Tour of Salisbury
This walking tour takes visitors away from the typical tourist sights of the city and discovers the calm and tranquil side of Salisbury to the south of the city. The walking tour takes approximately one and a half hours, passes many great pubs and supposedly the best view in the country.
The historic centre of Salisbury
The walking tour starts from the train station. From the station head right at the bottom of the hill and the mini round about on to Mill Road. Follow Mill Road and cross over the next two small roundabouts, after the second turn right onto the footpath. This footpath starts at a pleasant play ground popular with families of Salisbury and leads across a bridge that spans the meandering River Avon.
From the train station turn down Mill Road at the mini roundabout and follow this road over the next two mini roundabouts. After the second roundabout turn right onto the footpath (Town Footpath), this footpath starts at a pleasant playground, which is popular with families of Salisbury. The footpath crosses the meandering River Avon and continues for approximately 1 km through the flood plains and meadows that surround the river flood plain.
This footpath is a hidden gem of Salisbury as within minutes the city is left behind and you feel amidst the lush green country side that England is famed for. The only indication that you were once in the largest city of the region is the stunning view over the meadows to the cathedral. This view is considered as one of England’s finest views and was the setting for John Constable’s famous painting “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows”.
The Town Footpath leads to the delightful Old Mill pub, which sits on the banks of the River Avon and is a perfect location for a drink on a summer’s day. The mill originates from the Tudor era and was England’s first paper mill. It is difficult to believe, while sat relaxing in the pub’s garden listening to the river gently running by, that this building was once the industrial and technological centre of the world.
After the Old Mil Pub, the walking tour continues by turning left at the T-junction that leads onto Lower road and into the village of Harman. Lower Road then blends into Harman Road, which passes through the village’s residential area. The road continues for 0.4mile and then divides; to the left Harman Road follows the old route while New Harman Road continues straight on to the main ring road.
Turning left leads into the prettiest section of the walking tour. The route passes the Rose and Crown pub another great traditional pub of Salisbury. This pub was constructed in the 13th as a coaching inn for horse and carriage traffic heading to Salisbury. The road blends into St Nicolas Road and crosses the River Avon for a third time, this is a delightful area with views along the river surrounded by 15th century houses.
The final stage of the tour heads back into Salisbury via Cathedral Close and the little know south eastern gated entrance. ends At the t junction at the end of St Nicolas Road turn right onto De Vaux Pl. This short and narrow road passes through the wall which once encircled the entire cathedral complex.
Through the gate is the Cathedral Close one of the most exclusive addresses in Salisbury and houses the cathedral, the grammar school and two of the cities museums. The Walled Walk runs the length of the close through the open park land that surrounds the cathedral. At the end of the path way is the northern gate of the close and exits onto the main high street of Salisbury.