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  • Start: Roadside parking in vicinity of the Duck Inn, Laverstock
  • End: Roadside parking in vicinity of the Duck Inn, Laverstock
  • Country: England
  • County: Wiltshire
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: The Duck Inn, LaverstockPublic
  • Ordnance Survey: Explorer 130; Landranger 184
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Discover ruins of a hidden palace and enjoy breath-taking views of Salisbury Cathedral en route

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Discover ruins of a hidden palace and enjoy breath-taking views of Salisbury Cathedral en route


Words and Photos: Jane Pitman


Information:


Exertion rating:Easy Terrain: Field paths and minor roads
Distance: 6.03km (3 miles)Ordnance
Survey maps: Explorer 130; Landranger 184
Start: Roadside parking in vicinity of the Duck Inn, Laverstock. Grid reference SU160303
Refreshments: The Duck Inn, LaverstockPublic
Transport: For nearest bus routes visitwdbus.co.uk or e-mail buses@wiltshire.gov.uk
Dogs should be kept on leads


Boots on? Lets go!


1 With the Duck Inn on your left, walk up the hill. After a while the track narrows, keep ahead on the bridleway. When you reach the Restricted Byway, turn left. You are now on the Clarendon Way, a 24-mile (39km) recreational footpath from Winchester to Salisbury. Follow the bridleway to farm buildings.


2 Go through a gate and keep straight ahead on the lane. Look out for a sign for Clarendon Way path on the right. Take this path which goes diagonally right across the field. At a track, bear right. Halfway up the hill on the left climb steep steps to a view point and a picnic table. Here there are good views of Salisbury Cathedral.


3 Carry on up the hill and soon you will see the entrance to the ruins of Clarendon Palace on the left. The medieval manor and hunting lodge was established as a Royal Palace in the 12th century and situated in Clarendon Park, the largest medieval deer park in England. You might spot a few llamas grazing around the ruins.


4 After a visit to the ruins, retrace your steps back to point 2. Go back through City viewsDiscover ruins of a hidden palace and enjoy breath-taking views of Salisbury Cathedral en route the gate by farm buildings, turn right onto a footpath and go up the hill. Shortly, take the next unsigned footpath on the left just before you reach a house. At the top of the hill ignore the kissing gate on the right and bear left down the hill. At the bottom of the hill on the right is a footpath that leads to Cockey Down nature reserve. This magnificent chalk downland is a Siteof Special Scientific Interest and is home to thousands of orchids and other downland flowers.


5 Turn left onto a bridleway which takes you past a new housing estate on the right. This path eventually comes out by the Duck Inn and the start of the walk.


Points of Interest


Clarendon Palace Ruins
Views
Llamas


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