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Hook & Glove pub in Farley right to find two Grade I-listed buildings – Fox’s Hospital, built in 1681 and All Saints church, built eight years later. Carry on for 100m and turn left along a track signposted to Pitton. After 575m, when five footpaths meet, carry straight on. After another 200m, bear left along a narrow track (SU224303). Carry on in the same direction for 1400m, climbing for much of the way, until, after going through a kissing gate (KG), a steep and slippery path leads down to the village of Pitton. Turn left at the bottom, and at the T-junction turn right past the Silver Plough pub (SU212312). At the crossroads turn left, and after 175m turn right along a footpath

with a Clarendon Way sign. After 100m the path swings left between fields. After another 750m, carry straight on, keeping to the left of two large barns, to follow a broad track through the woods (SU201311). Mighty conifers, intermingled with beeches, soon give way to something gentler – a mixture of ash, hazel, wild cherry, beech and rowan. After about a mile mixed woodland yields to hazel coppice, with a few timeworn oak, ash and beech trees. When you come to a broad track, turn right along it and, after emerging into the open, bear right towards the site of Clarendon Palace and go through a KG (SU183301). Information boards tell the story of the palace, but this is no manicured heritage attraction. The ground is rough and overgrown, and you need to watch your step. At the far end, head through a KG to rejoin the broad track heading westward. As it drops downhill and rounds a curve, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral comes into view ahead. After another 250m, when the lane curves right, follow a Clarendon Way sign straight across a field (SU174299). After rejoining the lane, carry on through a gate and, after another 800m, continue across 15th-century Milford Bridge. At a T-junction, carry straight on up a footpath. After crossing the railway, when the path forks, bear left. At the road, cross and carry on down Fowlers Hill. At the bottom, carry

straight on along an alleyway and turn right at the end. Follow a subway under the bypass, and bear left to carry on along St Ann’s Street. At the end, cross, go through a gateway into the Cathedral Close, and at the end turn right through an archway along the High Street. Turn second left along Bridge Street and carry on for 650m to the station. n Andrew Swift is the author of On Foot in Bath: Fifteen Walks Around a World Heritage City and co-author, with Kirsten Elliot, of Ghost Signs of Bath

FACT FILE n Distance: 11.5 miles n Maps: OS Explorer 130, 131 n Level of challenge: Straightforward, apart from one steep descent n Refreshment stops: Hook and Glove, Farley (4.5 miles from start). Open for lunch from noon to 2pm (3pm on Sunday) (01722 712247). Silver Plough, Pitton (6.5 miles from start). Lunch served from noon to 2pm (3pm on Sunday). Pub open until 3pm, all day Saturday.

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The Bath Magazine May 2019  

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The Bath Magazine May 2019  

The Bath Magazine is Bath’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bath