SWC Walk 249 - Tisbury Circular via Dinton and Fovant
Length: 23.8km (14.8 miles), with possible shortcuts of 3.3km (2 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10 9.20
(Exeter-bound) train from Waterloo
(9.27 Clapham Junction
) to Tisbury, arriving at 11.06.
Buy a day return to Tisbury
using the South West Trains £16 offer (most be bought in advance, at the latest the night before, either online or at SWT-run ticket offices)
For walk directions
of the walk are here
It would be a shame to let the SWT £16 offer pass without doing one of the Tisbury walks, and this one had a good reception when it was done in November by a group of SWC walkers. If it pleased then, hopefully it will be even more delightful in early September.
I have not done the walk myself so will quote from the walk notes: "[The 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 views. 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 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."
For most the main walk will be enough, but for the heroic there is an extension to the main walk
which adds 5.1km (3.2 miles)
and 154m of ascent and descent, and leads through the Fovant Badges up to the ridge of Fovant Down and Chiselbury Iron Age hillfort. Lunch
seems to be 11.4km (7.1 miles) into the walk at the Wyndham Arms:
it serves food till 3pm on Saturdays, according to the walk document. Several tea
options are described, with the very pleasant South Western
pub by Tisbury station as a backstop. Trains back
from Tisbury are at 17.01
direct, and at 22.03
changing at Basingstoke. Up to 18.27 journey time is 1hr 50: afterwards 2 hours.