|Length||23.3 km (14.5 mi), of which 7.6 km (4.7 mi) on tarmac or concrete, all on quiet country lanes or estate roads.|
|Toughness||9 out of 10|
This walk explores the Upper Nadder Valley (also known as the Vale of Wardour) in the south westerly parts of the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is spectacular walking country with some breathtaking open vistas in a varied landscape. The route heads west from Tisbury along the Nadder valley and through Wardour Park with its large mansion. After lunch at an award-winning gastro pub in Donhead St. Andrew, a series of ascents through some large estates and several woods take you all the way to the Nadder Head in another large country estate. Looping back the route passes a Neolithic hill fort site on a ridge right on the boundary with Dorset, with occasional views through trees to surrounding steep downs.
|Walk Options||A shorter version of the walk, rated 4/10, and allowing enough time to visit Old Wardour Castle (English Heritage), exists in a separate file.|
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 and Tea||
The Forester Lower Street, Donhead St. Andrew, Shaftesbury, Wiltshire, SP7 9EE (01747 828 038). The Forester Inn is located 7.0 km (4.3 mi) into the walk. Open Tue-Sat 12.00-15.00 and 18.30-23.00, Sun 12.00-15.00. Food Served Tue-Sat 12.00-14.00 and 19.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-14.00. Originally called "The New Inn", The Forester has been a public house since the 15th century. The beautiful old thatched building is made from greensand stone. Inside The Forester still retains that old world feeling with the large inglenook fireplace, stone walls and original beamed ceilings. It has been awarded the prestigious and highly sought-after Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for serving excellent quality food at reasonable prices for 2013 and for every year since.
Tisbury Fish & Chips The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JP (01747 870 273).
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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