Charity Walk Course
This is a tough event over the rolling downs and steep valleys that lie between Salisbury and Stonehenge. At 26 miles, it provides an enormous challenge for walkers and a huge sense of achievement!
We meet early for registration and a briefing, and set off! Our challenging day starts at the foot of Old Sarum, an impressive Iron Age hillfort to the north of Salisbury. Dating back to at least 400BC, it is the original site of Salisbury and an impressive and apt place to start this demanding trekathon which takes us through such historic landscapes.
We can see Salisbury Cathedral ahead of us – at 404ft, the spire is the highest in the UK – and we head towards it on a well-used footpath. We can appreciate Salisbury’s medieval buildings in relative early morning peace before the shoppers descend, before passing the impressive cathedral - a main focus of the 2015 celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. A long drag then takes us uphill onto an old ridge commanding great views over the surrounding farmland; we follow this ridge for some miles before dropping down steeply to ancient woodland, where a Roman Road cuts through the beech and oak trees; there are tales of ghostly Roman soldiers seen here!
More steep dips and climbs follow as we cross the chalk valleys, then come to more gently rolling farmland dotted with earthworks and burial mounds. There is very little flat on this route, but the steepest hills are behind us! It’s not long before we enjoy the views across to Stonehenge and the flat backdrop of Salisbury Plain. Then heading south, we cross the River Avon and walk roughly parallel to it through farmland and small villages, enjoying the views of a very traditional rural England. A gradual uphill track then brings us back through farmland; we can see the distinctive steep circular banks of Old Sarum ahead of us, and we walk round part of the outer ring back to our start point, our tired legs spurred on by the elation at our huge achievement!
There will be refreshments at the end and plenty of room to rest and relax before saying our farewells and heading home.
Total distance: 26 miles
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