Harnham Water Meadows, Salisbury

Learn about the operation and archaeology of water meadow systems with Hadrian Cook

Date:Sun, 15 April 2018
Pricing:Members £5, Non-members £8 (includes a donation to the Harnham Water Meadows Trust)
Time:10.30 am to 1.00 pm
Contact:General enquiries to Peter Stanier at walks@cba-wessex.org.uk


A talk and a tour to learn first hand about the operation and archaeology of water meadow systems, the abandoned earthworks of which are so familiar in many chalk valleys in Wessex. The Harnham Water Meadows Trust has been restoring these ‘floated water meadows’ within sight of Salisbury Cathedral. Carriages, carriers, drains, hatches, sluices, spillways and the work of the ‘drowner’ will be no longer a mystery!

Meet: at Rose Cottage (post code SP2 8EU) behind the Old Mill, on the Town Path, Harnham, grid reference SU 135294 ready for a 10.30am start.

Directions:  Rose Cottage and the Old Mill are beside the Town Path which connects Salisbury city centre and Harnham across the water meadows (a 10 minute walk or so), or it is possible to park with care nearby in Middle Street, Harnham.

Accessibility: walking through generally flat grassy fields, with bridges over water channels. Wellington boots might be useful if damp. For refreshments bring a packed lunch or there is the Old Mill pub at Harnham, or many more places in Salisbury afterwards.

Numbers are limited, so please book early to ensure a place.

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