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Salisbury & Winchester

A tale of two cities. Beautifully preserved and set amongst lovely countryside!

  • England

  • 4 nights
  • Half Board
  • Sightseeing

  • Feb

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    Nov

Leisurely

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Tour codes: 77314

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Leisurely

Grade 3 Sightseeing

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day. You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Salisbury Cathedral. Perhaps the most picturesque in England
  • Winchester. Alfred the Great's former capital is immersed in history
  • Old Sarum. A former city reduced to earthworks and an original 'rotten borough'.
  • Clarendon Way. A lovely walk to a former Elizabethan manor house.

The Middle Ages brought great wealth to Southern England. Some of this wealth was used to build cathedrals of overreaching magnificence. We have chosen two cities which offer fine but contrasting architectural styles of cathedral building. Both Salisbury and Winchester have many other attractions and are set in wonderful country allowing us to enjoy culture and walking at the same time.

We are based in Salisbury, close by the town centre and a short walk from the cathedral. On our first morning we have a Blue Badge guided tour of the city, taking in the cathedral and a few lesser-known highlights. This afternoon our RWH leader will lead a walk out to Old Sarum to the north. A 1000 years ago this was the city centre. It is easy to see things have changed in the last millennium.

The next day we set off by minibus to Winchester. Our Blue Badge Guide will include visits to the cathedral and the Great Hall. We have a lot to see in our tour. In the afternoon we will wa;lk out from the centre of Winchester to St Catherine's Hill for a lovely view across the city.

Finally, we have day walking from the hotel on foot and head east on the Clarendon Trail. We leave the city on good paths and quiet roads to arrive at the ruins of Clarendon Palace, an important royal manor house from Norman to Elizabethan times. This makes a pleasant stop for a picnic before we return to Salisbury.


  • Blue Badge guided tour of Salisbury.
  • Entrance to Salisbury Cathedral.
  • Blue Badge guided tour of Winchester.
  • Entrances to Winchester Cathedral and Great Hall.
  • Half board accommodation in our comfortable centrally located hotel in Salisbury.
  • The services of an RWH leader throughout.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Salisbury

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive at the hotel from 4 p.m. onwards. Our RWH leader will arrange to meet everyone in the hotel before dinner. Dinner is taken in the hotel tonight.

Day 2

Salisbury

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our Blue Badge guide will meet us at the hotel after breakfast. We can walk out to all the sites from the centrally located hotel. Our tour will include entrance to the cathedral. It is a magnificent building and an obvious highlight of the holiday. This afternoon we walk, again from the hotel, to the hilltop site of Old Sarum, an original ‘rotten borough’. It is an undemanding walk on good paths.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Day 3

Winchester

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we take hired transport to Winchester to meet our Blue Badge Guide for a walking tour of Winchester. The tour includes entrances to the Cathedral and Great Hall. Even to the untrained eye Winchester Cathedral is a very different architectural style to Salisbury. Our guide will explain and inform! This afternoon we will walk south from the city along the Itchen Valley to St Catherine's Hill. Hopefully we will enjoy lovely views across the city. Please note this walk might be a little wet  underfoot so appropriate footwear would be useful. As we are walking from the city centre and back those who prefer can continue sightseeing for the afternoon and meet the group later for the transfer back to Salisbury.

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Day 4

The Clarendon Way

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we leave directly from the hotel on foot and head east on the Clarendon Trail. We leave the city on good paths and quiet roads to arrive at the ruins of Clarendon Palace, an important royal palace from Norman to Elizabethan times. After some time to explore the grounds we return the same way to the hotel.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Day 5

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast we check out of the hotel.

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Nov 2021 - 26th Nov 2021 (4 Nights)

21st Feb 2022 - 25th Feb 2022 (4 Nights)

21st Mar 2022 - 25th Mar 2022 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

by car: From London take the M3 and then A303 west A338 signposted Salisbury. The hotel offers parking for guests at £5.00 per night on a first come first served basis

by rail: Salisbury Station is situated on the Intercity Rail Network with direct trains from London Waterloo. The station is situated less than one mile from the hotel.

Taxis from Salisbury Station will cost approximately £4.00.  It is only a five minute taxi ride to the hotel.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner (approximately 7pm) for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Milford Hall Hotel

Set in a 19th-century mansion with a modern annexe, the Milford Hall Hotel is a short walk from Salisbury centre and a mile from the cathedral. Refined rooms offer flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, and tea & coffeemaking equipment. Amenities include a plush, period-style lounge bar, and a contemporary seafood/steak restaurant with a sunroom lounge and retractable roof, which also serves afternoon tea.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

by car: From London take the M3 and then A303 west A338 signposted Salisbury. The hotel offers parking for guests at £5.00 per night on a first come first served basis

by rail: Salisbury Station is situated on the Intercity Rail Network with direct trains from London Waterloo. The station is situated less than one mile from the hotel.

Taxis from Salisbury Station will cost approximately £4.00.  It is only a five minute taxi ride to the hotel.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner (approximately 7pm) for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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