The second trip is to the medieval city of Salisbury in Wiltshire. Its 13th century cathedral, immortalised by Constable’s landscapes and boasting Britain’s tallest spire, sits in the country’s most extensive Cathedral Close. The Close contains several museums and notable properties including a perfectly-formed Queen Anne townhouse (Mompesson House – NT). We will offer a 6.5 mile linear walk into the city. The first part of the walk is moderately hilly, with one steep (but short) climb in particular. The route goes through woods and across open country to Old Sarum, originally a huge Iron Age hill fort and later the original site of Salisbury, and then follows the River Avon into the heart of the city, including a stretch on a new boardwalk above restored water meadows. There are 3 stiles. Again, we will stop for lunch during the walk (at Old Sarum) to avoid a rather late lunch after an early start so please bring a picnic, but the walkers will still arrive in Salisbury by early afternoon, giving them time to enjoy the city.
The meeting point, as in previous years, will be the Braywick car park in front of Stafferton Lodge (free parking at weekends), with access from Braywick Road (A308), Maidenhead. The departure time is 8.00 am. The trip is shown in the EBR summer walks programme.
Further details can be obtained from the leaders Juliet Witcher 01628 473195 / 07583 694911 or John Sainsbury 01628 635564 / 07887 678575.