Walking to Salisbury
I decided recently, after forty years in the village, that I ought to try walking to Salisbury. So I did.
My route from Coombe Bissett went down Stocksbridge Lane, and over the Ebble ford. The track led to a gate into the water meadows, on the far side of which is another gate over the stream that drains the old watercress beds. Then another hundred yards up the slope to level with the gardener’s cottage to Homington House.
There, one turns sharp right and the footpath skirts the bottom of the steeper slope of the down After a couple of very functional galvanised wicket gates, it turns 45 degrees left up the slope, through (a the magazines would say) a ‘flower strewn meadow’ above Homington Down house. Another gate in the hedge brings the walker to the corner of a cultivated field. The footpath cuts through the centre of this field, and brings one to the Homington road at the Dogdean Farm turning. The half way point, and half an hour’s walking.
I crossed the road, and walked down Dogdean Farm lane, past some cottages on the right, to the start of a track forking left at 45 degrees along the side of a hedge (running NNE). This could well, I believe, be an old mediaeval track from Harnham to Homington (and on to Cranborne), and it runs straight in from here to the Old Blandford Road.
However, alongside a couple of fields, over a drove lane and past the top of Portland Avenue, and one reaches the top of the steps leading down to the Coombe Road. Up the steps on the other side and one arrives at where Bouverie Avenue turns into Bouverie Avenue South. Along Bouverie Avenue, and down steps at the far end to the Old Blandford Road. An hour and ten minutes.
From there, a short distance down the hill, across the Harnham Road, past the Rose and Crown and over Harnham Bridge. A very pleasant walk.
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