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|
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.
As the former recommended lunch pub, The Crown Inn in Alvediston, has been shut for a while and currently operates as a seasonal tea room only, 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.
A Shortcut around lunch reduces the walk by 5.0 km (3.1 mi) and the ascent/descent by 146m.
This reduces the effort to 8/10.
Tisbury Station is on the London Waterloo to Exeter St. Davids West of England Main Line. Journey times are 106 minutes Monday to Saturday (hourly) and 114 minutes on Sunday (hourly).
The Royal Oak Swallowcliffe, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5PA (01747 870 211). The Royal Oak is located 4.5 km (2.8 mi) into the walk.
Plenty of options in Tisbury. See the Walk Directions pdf for details.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk