Short version of this favourite of mine
Length: 20.9 km (13.0 mi) [longer option available, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 530 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
Full Walk (walk fast & eat very quickly, or take an earlier train): 26.0 km (16.2 mi), 10/10
09.20 Exeter St. Davids & Bristol Temple Meads train from Waterloo (Clapham J. 09.28, Woking 09.49), arrives Tisbury 11.06
[You have to be in the front part of the train, as it splits at Salisbury, and in Tisbury you have to be in the front three cars of that front part of the train due to a short platform]
Returns are at xx.01 (basically), last train 22.03 [a trolley service is usually on board]
The 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 long version of this 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.
: The Horseshoe Inn
in Ebbesbourne Wake
(11.1 km/6.9 mi, table booked for 13.15).
, height profile
, walk directions
and gpx/kml files
Note: due to the closure of the recommended lunch pub on the main walk, the full walk needs to be reversed for future use;
my aim is to record notes for a clock-wise re-write, i.e.: I'll do this walk in reverse, map-led, and meet the group at the lunch pub (happy to have company, of course).T=swc.250.a