A short history of the Clarendon Way
The Clarendon Way is a 24 mile walk joining the two Wessex cities of Salisbury and Winchester. The Way gets its name from Clarendon Park on the eastern edge of Salisbury.
Clarendon Park contains the site of Clarendon Palace, a royal hunting lodge for Norman Kings. Later the Plantagenets expanded this lodge into a great county house. Almost nothing remains now, only a few feet of flint wall lying a few yards from the Clarendon Way.
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The way lies along Rectory Lane then takes a path along the back of the village to join a track leading to Houghton.
A short length of road leads to a footpath which crosses the River Test by a footbridge and shortly also crosses the Test Way. After passing through Kings Somborne the Way turns south-east across farmland to Parnholt Woods.
There follows the stretch through Farley Mount Country Park then on minor roads to the outskirts of Winchester at Oliver’s Battery.