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

Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire

55 km / 34 miles
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.


Waymark: Green signs with bridge logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Green signs with bridge logo
Attributes: Easy
Start: SU142295 - Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SZ160925 - Christchurch Priory, Dorset View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Hantsweb - Avon Valley Path Avon Valley Path: Salisbury - Downton [YouTube video] Avon Valley Path: Downton - Fordingbridge [YouTube video] Avon Valley Path: Fordingbridge - Ringwood [YouTube video] Avon Valley Path: Ringwood - Christchurch [YouTube video] Avon Valley Path (YouTube video)

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

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


You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info.(interactive map help)

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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 184, 195
OS Landranger Active 184, 195
OS Explorer 22, 130
OS Explorer Active 22, 130
Other Paper Maps:
Around & About
Avon Valley Path: Salisbury to Downton (Yellow Publications - 2023)
Map (Other)
Avon Valley Path walking map (Heritage House - 2018)
ZigZag 20 Stripmap
Avon Valley Path: Salisbury to Christchurch (Yellow Publications - 2023)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers
Coach Assisted Walking Holidays (Bobs Walking Holidays)
Support Providers
Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)
Support Providers
Baggage Handling (Eco Friendly Deliveries)

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation
1 km
< 1 km
Hostel Accommodation
3 km
46 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

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