Standing in front of the Salisbury Guildhall, with your back to the building, proceed diagonally to the left corner of the Market Square. On reaching this point, with the jewellery shop on your left, cross the road heading towards the Salisbury Library. To the left of the library is Market Walk which you should follow to the river.
Immediately after crossing the river (the Avon) turn right along the riverside footpath. Continue to follow this path with the river on your right for 1/2 mile. The footpath keeps the river on the right all the way and is only interrupted once by the Boathouse Pub (which you must walk around). After this the footpath merges with a cycle path.
Eventually you will come to a zebra crossing, go straight over and follow the signs to the leisure centre.
Turn right over the first footbridge and then immediately left on the gravel path on the other side of the bridge. Follow this path, keeping the river on the left, through the Avon Valley Nature Reserve. Eventually the gravel path forms a T-junction with the cycle path. Go straight across the cycle path between the galvanised pedestrian railings and between the houses.
You will emerge in Hathaway Close. Continue straight ahead to the road T junction, at which point you turn left.
Walk a few hundred metres and follow the footpath sign on the right to enter Hudson Field (sports ground).
Once in Hudson’s Field glance diagonally left and you will see the Old Sarum grass ramparts in the distance.
Head for Old Sarum and follow the footpath to at the base of the ramparts to the right to join the main entrance or meander around the ramparts.
The return journey is the same until you have gone back through Hathawy Close to the junction with the cycle path. At this point turn left rather than going back through the Avon Valley Nature Reserve. Follow the path back to the leisure centre and rejoin the outward route at the footbridge that signified the start of the Nature Reserve .
The total route is approximately 4.5 miles. The Nature Reserve can be a little muddy in the winter so we recommend walking boots.