|Length||23.8 km (14.8 mi), of which 5.0 km (3.1 mi) on tarmac or concrete|
|Toughness||7 out of 10|
|Features||This walk explores the Nadder Valley east of Tisbury, part of the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is spectacular walking country with some breathtaking open vistas in a varied landscape. Without scaling any ridges or steep ascents, the route meanders through the beautiful undulating and peaceful countryside with a few grassy U-shaped valleys, pretty views out to some distant coombes, and scenic Dinton Park with its grand mansion (Philipps House).
A couple of picturesque former corn mills on the Nadder River are walked past, while the afternoon route also offers views from a wood’s fringe across a valley to the Fovant Badges, regimental badges cut into the chalk, and the largest group of hill side figures in Europe, before leading through a couple of quiet villages followed by a gentle descent across fields back into Tisbury, a remarkably unspoilt village.
A Shortcut before lunch reduces the walk by 1.4 km (0.8 mi) and the ascent/descent by 25m.
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 Wyndham Arms Hindon Road, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5EG (01722 716 999). The Wyndham Arms is located 11.4 km (7.1 mi) into the full walk. Opening Times: Tue-Fri 12.00-14.30 and Mon-Fri 18.00-22.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-24.00. Food Service: Tue-Fri 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-20.30, Sat 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-20.30 and Sun 12.00-15.00.
The Compasses Inn Lower Chicksgrove, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6NB. (01722 714 318). Open 18.00-23.00 Mon, 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00 Tue-Sat, 12.00-15.00 and 19.00-22.30 Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 Tue-Sun, 18.30-21.00 Mon-Sat and 19.00-21.00 Sun. The Compasses Inn is a 14th century thatched Freehouse, also offering accommodation, and is located 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from the end of the walk.
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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