Salisbury and the Ebble Valley, Wiltshire
Starts at Salisbury Cathedral Close (SU142295)
4 hours 0 minutes | 8.1miles 13.1km | Moderate
ID: 0.10296 | Developed by: Paul Miles |
Beginning in Salisbury, this walk explores the tranquil villages and chalk downs of the Ebble Valley. The route includes an optional detour to visit ancient woodland, although prior permission must be gained before visiting.
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Starts at

Salisbury Cathedral Close (SU142295)

Ends at

Salisbury Cathedral Close (SU142295)

Getting there

Regular trains to Salisbury from London Waterloo (southwesternrailway.com). Buses from Salisbury to Coombe Bissett and Homington daily except Sundays (damory.co.uk and wheelerstravel.co.uk).

Route instructions

[1] START Exit Cathedral Close through Harnham Gate and turn R. Cross bridge over two rivers and turn R onto Harnham Road. Continue to junction. Turn R, then almost immediately L up Old Blandford Road following L pavement. Go up flight of steps, then follow tarmac path onto Bouverie Avenue South. Continue uphill, which becomes a fenced path to steps down to main road. Cross road and up steps opposite, signposted Dogdean Farm. Follow between houses, then across field. Through kissing gate to footpath crossroads; continue ahead, following grassy field edge to another kissing gate; straight on, following edge of next field.

[2] At farm track, turn L. After barns, turn R. Follow wide grassy path downhill. Go over stile, then turn R. Follow path to reach small road. Turn L. Cross humpback bridge over River Ebble into Homington. At crossroads, turn R, past bus shelter and village information board.

[3] At village green (triangle of grass with tree in centre) turn L. Cross road and follow unnamed tarmac lane uphill. After a mile, reach a farm where the path continues as rough grassy track. At unsigned T junction, either turn R and skip to 4 or, if you have permission, turn L to reach Great Yews Woodland –
the track can be muddy in places.

Great Yews is a designated SSSI and a conservation area. A signed gate prohibits entry without permission. This can be requested prior to your visit by contacting Longford Estates (longfordestates.co.uk) or by calling the land agent on 01722 411616. After exploring the ancient trees, retrace your steps to the T-junction and continue straight on.

[4] After half a mile, track becomes a tarmac lane. Continue downhill along lane with views of downs. After nearly a mile, go L on bridleway. Shortly, at junction, take smaller path, which continues straight on (Shutts Lane). Pass Coombe Bissett's village hall and school. At road junction, turn L through the village. After shop, turn R to cross River Ebble, a clear chalk stream, on wooden footbridge. The Fox & Hounds pub is just ahead on R. Continue past it, following gravel path which soon peters out to R of road.

[5] Turn R on Marsh Lane. A house at end of lane, Cress Edge House, is a clue that watercress beds once thrived here. Just before a road gate with private sign, enter the pedestrian gate and steps to L. Head up through woods to tiny orchard. Take small gate to L of house. At old crossroads waymarker, continue straight ahead, signed (faintly) 'Homington Down'. After half a mile, turn R downhill, through gate, across small stream, into marshy field. Go through gate and into another field. Do not head towards arched footbridge; instead, veer slightly R to another small wooden gate and another footbridge over river. Follow path to road. Turn L and walk through village, past church. Continue towards bus shelter and retrace steps to Salisbury.

Notes

This route was first published in the winter 2017 issue of walk magazine

Acknowledgements
Developed by: Paul Miles
Salisbury CathedralSalisbury Cathedral
Photo taken by: Antony McCallum
Village of Coombe BissettVillage of Coombe Bissett
Photo taken by: Peter Facey
Great Yews woodlandGreat Yews woodland
Photo taken by: Peter Facey