Fovant Badges

Fovant Badges

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Cleeve Copse

Cleeve Copse

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Philipps House in Dinton Park

Philipps House in Dinton Park

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Dinton Mill

Dinton Mill

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Knapp Down

Knapp Down

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Garden at Tisbury Mill

Garden at Tisbury Mill

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Tisbury Mill

Tisbury Mill

SWC Walk 249 Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant

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Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant walk

The Nadder Valley, Dinton Park, undulating countryside of the West Wiltshire Downs, with views to distant coombes, and the regimental Fovant Badges (large hill side figures)

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.
Walk Options

A Shortcut before lunch reduces the walk by 1.4 km (0.8 mi) and the ascent/descent by 25m.
A Shortcut right after lunch reduces the walk by 1.9 km (1.2 mi) and the ascent/descent by 21m. Taking both Shortcuts makes this a 6/10 walk.
An Extension to and through the Fovant Badges and up to Fovant Down and the Chiselbury Iron Age hill fort site adds 5.1 km and 154m ascent/descent. Walking the extension makes it a 10/10 walk (9/10 with Shortcut I).

Travel

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).

Lunch

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 Penruddocke Arms Hindon Road, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5EL (01722 716 253). The Penruddocke Arms is 1.1 km off route along a busy road. Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-22.30, Sat 12.00-23.00, Sun 12.00-17.00. Food Service: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-20.30; Sat 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-20.30 and Sun 12.00-15.00. The Penruddocke Arms is a family run historic inn with an emphasis on freshly prepared food sourced locally, and with a passion for good beer sourced not only from Wiltshire's best brewers. It is named after Colonel John Penruddock (or Penruddocke, 1619–1655), of nearby Compton Chamberlayne, who was an English Cavalier during the English Civil War and the English Interregnum. He is remembered as the leader of the Penruddock uprising in 1655, and was executed for his role in it.

Tea

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.
Tisbury Fish & Chips The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JP (01747 870 273).
Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JP (01747 871 819). Open 8.45-17.00 Mon-Fri, 8.30-17.00 Sat and 9.00-16.30 Sun.
Tisbury Delicatessen High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6DP (01747 871 771).
The Beckford Bottle Shop High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LD (01747 870 947). Open 10.00-18.30 Tue-Thu, 10.00-19.30+ Fri, 09.00-19.30+ Sat and 10.00-13.30 Sun. Drinks are sold by the glass.
The Benett High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6HD (01747 870 428). Open 12.00-late daily. Run by the local Keystone Brewery. Selected bar food is available upon request.
The Boot Inn High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6PS (01747 870 363). Open 12.00-14.30 Wed-Sun and 19.00-23.00 Mon-Sat (17.00-23.00 Fri). Food served until 21.30 evenings. Atmospheric local pub with authentic meals freshly prepared.
The South Western Station Road, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JT (01747 228 010). Open 12.00-22.00 Mon-Thu, 12.00-23.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-21.00 Sun. Food served Tue-Fri 17.00-21.00, 12.00-21.00 Sat and 12.00-15.00 Sun. The South Western is a pub with rooms originally built in 1884 as one of two railway hotels in Tisbury.

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