GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Old Sarum Castle

1 miles (1.5 km)

Visit the site of the earliest settlement ofSalisbury on this fascinating walk in Wiltshire. Here you can see the exposed foundations of the former cathedral and climb the mighty ramparts for splendid views of the surrounding Wiltshire Plains. There's 29 acres of beautiful rare grass chalkland to explore on a number of good footpaths. Look out for butterflies and kestrels, which can often be seen hovering over the outer bailey.
The Old Sarum Way long distance footpath runs past the site so you can pick this up to extend your walk.
You can virtually explore the site using the google street view link below!


SP1 3SD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Old Sarum Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Old Sarum Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles south east of the city you can enjoy a climb to Pepperbox Hill. The National Trust owned area includes a distinctive 17th century and some fine views over the Wiltshire countryside to the city. Near here there's also Figsbury Ring. The Iron Age hill fort is another National Trust owned site with good footpaths around the ramparts and more tremendous views.
The Sarsen Way passes the site. The long distance trail runs through Wiltshire from Coate Water Country Park in Swindon to Salisbury Cathedral. It passes many fascinating ancient sites including the hill fort at Barbury Castle and the Alton Barnes White Horse on Milk Hill.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Old Sarum Medieval Castle

Remains of Medieval Castle of Old Sarum. Keep (middle) and part of Royal Palace (right). View to north-west.

Old Sarum castle ditch

Old Sarum. View of the castle ditch with the modern bridge

Bridge into Old Sarum castle - - 1400381

Bridge into Old Sarum castle. Having crossed this bridge and passed the ruins of the gatehouse, you will be asked to pay to enter the castle.

Lower Woodford - View From Old Sarum Castle - - 1707573

Lower Woodford. A view over the defensive ditch at Sarum Castle.

Old Sarum, Salisbury

A view of Old Sarum looking north east across the River Avon valley from below Devizes Road, Salisbury. The small plane in the top right quarter has just left Old Sarum airfield just over the hill on the right. The River Avon runs left to right in the meadow in the middle distance. The suburb of Stratford-sub-Castle is visible across the upper/middle of the image

Towards Stratford sub Castle from Old Sarum - - 1400463

Towards Stratford sub Castle from Old Sarum. Stratford sub Castle is strung out along a road up the Avon valley. The dog walker is on the other side of the Iron Age ditch of Old Sarum from the camera. In the distance, set around woodland, is the Salisbury suburb of Bemerton Heath.

Old Sarum - - 1400364

The central Norman motte and bailey castle within the Iron Age earthworks. "Originally, the banks would have been faced with timber, the wooden planks being covered with plaster and whitened with lime" (from the information board by the bridge over the moat).

View from Old Sarum - - 1400473

View from Old Sarum


GPS Files

GPX File

Old Sarum Castle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Old Sarum Castle.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)