Avon Valley Path
This wonderful river valley footpath takes you from Salisbury to Christchurch on the South Coast.
You start by the magnificent cathedral in Salisbury and head south towards Downton. The path then continues through Woodgreen and Godshill Wood before you arrive at the lovely Hampshire town of Fordingbridge.
The next section is a particularly pleasant waterside path taking you along the River Avon to Ibsley where the path passes through the Blashford Lakes which has a variety of wildlife to enjoy.
The final section then follows the river into Christchurch where you finish at Christchurch Harbour and Priory.
Avon Valley Path Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Avon Valley Path Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Avon Valley Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Avon Valley Path Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Fordingbridge The George is a great place for a pit stop. The 18th Century pub is set on the banks of the River Avon overlooking "The Great Bridge". It is the town's oldest surviving inn, having been situated on this prime riverside site since at least 1593. You can sit outside in the garden area and enjoy fine views over the river with your meal. If the weather is good it's the perfect spot to relax and take in the surroundings. You can find them at 14 Bridge Street with a postcode of SP6 1AH for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Just south of Fordingbridge you'll find the little village of Ibsley where there's another noteworthy old pub to investigate. The Old Beams Inn dates all the way back to the 11th century and includes a picturesque thatched roof. The gastropub also includes front and rear gardens with a raised wooden terrace. Inside is cosy and comfortable with a log fire for the winter months. They are located very close to the river at Salisbury Road with a postcode of BH24 3PP.
In the New Forest's Godshill there's the Fighting Cocks to consider. The inn serves great homemade food which you can enjoy outside in the garden area. Careful the donkeys and ponies don't steal your food though as there are generally quite a few of them milling around the pub! You can find them on Southampton Road at postcode SP6 2LL for your sat navs.