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Green signs with bridge logoAvon Valley Path (Hampshire to Dorset)

55 km / 34 miles

Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire
The Path follows the lower reaches of one of England's best-known chalk rivers, through a valley much of which is designated as an SSSI and of great botanical interest, besides being known for its salmon. Though much of the Path does not follow the riverbank, it aims to keep as close to it as possible through Downton, Fordingbridge and Ringwood.

See website below for route description and sketch maps.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Green signs with bridge logo
Green signs with bridge logo
Easy; River
SU142295 - Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
View on StreetMap
SZ160925 - Christchurch Priory, Dorset
View on StreetMap

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Avon Valley Path (Hampshire County Council - 2006)
A guide to the Avon Valley Footpath (Halsgrove Press - 1998)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
OS Landranger Active
OS Explorer
OS Explorer Active
Other Paper Maps:
ZigZag 20 Stripmap
Avon Valley Path: Salisbury to Christchurch (Yellow Publications - April 2016)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Coach Assisted Walking Holidays (Bobs Walking Holidays)
Support Providers
Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Hostel Accommodation
1 Km
< 1 Km
B & B Accommodation
Alderholt Mill  (bookable online)
3 Km
25 Km
Alderholt Mill  (bookable online)
3 Km
25 Km
B & B Accommodation
Moortown Lodge B&B  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
41 Km
Hostel Accommodation
3 Km
46 Km
B & B Accommodation
Avon Breeze  (bookable online)
2 Km
55 Km

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Route Profile:

56.4 Km (35.0 miles)
499 m (1,637 ft) ascent
105 m (344 ft)  maximum height