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Backview down Church Bottom, Prescombe Down NNR (II)

Backview down Church Bottom, Prescombe Down NNR (II)

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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View from a Down

View from a Down

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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Along Swallowcliffe Down (westerly view)

Along Swallowcliffe Down (westerly view)

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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Sheep on Descent from Elcombe Down

Sheep on Descent from Elcombe Down

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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Sheep and Tumulus, Sutton Down

Sheep and Tumulus, Sutton Down

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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Walker in Field, Swallowcliffe Down

Walker in Field, Swallowcliffe Down

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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Cloudscapes over Middle Down

Cloudscapes over Middle Down

SWC Walk 250 Tisbury Circular via Alvediston

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Tisbury Circular via Alvediston Walk

An Iron Age hill fort, pretty coombes, and lots of ascent: the Vale of Wardour and West Wiltshire Downs AONB with views to the Cranborne Chase AONB and all the way to the coast

Length 26.0 km (16.2 mi), of which 3.5 km (2.2 mi) on tarmac or concrete
Toughness 10 out of 10
Features

This walk heads south from the Vale of Wardour through the southerly parts of the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is spectacular walking country with some breathtaking views. The walk reaches the hilltop boundary with the Cranborne Chase AONB (with views all the way to the coast, around Bournemouth and Poole). You’ll find picturesque villages and atmospheric pubs in the beautiful undulating countryside, as well as a wooded Iron Age hill fort site and plenty of dry chalky U-shaped downland valleys.
The middle part of the walk especially leads through – or around the rim of – several very pretty coombes. The walk starts ascending pretty much straight from the platform and features a few short and sharp ascents as well as three more prominent ascents, spread out through the day, followed by a gentle descent across fields back into Tisbury, a remarkably unspoilt village.
A Shortcut, limiting the effort to 8/10, is described.

As the former recommended lunch pub, The Crown Inn in Alvediston, is now shut, on the full walk your pub lunch options are: the very early Royal Oak in Swallowcliffe, an earlier train (or doing the walk in reverse) to reach The Horseshoe Inn in Ebbesbourne Wake in time for food service.
The reverse walk in a clockwise direction is available in a separate pdf.

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Start: SP3 6JT Directions

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Jun-17

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Walk Directions  

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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk