Length: 16.2 Miles or 26.0 km for those more metrically minded (for those wanting something shorter, a shorter version of 13.1 miles/21 km is available)
Difficulty: 10 out of 10 (or 8 out 10 for the shorter version)
Train: Take the 9:15 AM South West Exeter St. David’s train from London Waterloo arriving in Tisbury at 11:09. Return trains are at 18:05; 19:05; 20:05; and 21:05. Buy a day return to Tisbury.
This walk heads from the Vale of Wardour through the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Natural Beauty to the Cranborne Chase Area of Natural Beauty with views all the way to the coast. The route includes a number of pretty coombes, an iron age fort and picturesque villages. For the main walk, I would suggest using the new clockwise directions which should get you to the recommended lunch pub in time for last orders at 13:45.
As an alternative, since the open terrain with its undulations should prove good ground for those interested in honing their navigation skills before the Scottish trip, I would suggest we do the route in original anti-clockwise formulation relying on the trusty map and compass (not a line on a device) to navigate. With any luck, we will encounter the main group along the way and of course at the end at one of the hostelries in Tisbury. If interested in this option, please bring a compass and a print out of the route using the OS Map tab on the introduction page for the walk.