Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew walk

The Vale of Wardour in the Wiltshire Downs AONB. Wardour Park, Nadder Head, a neolithic hill fort, Barkers hill, Old Wardour Castle. Long and shorter version.

Old Wardour Castle from Ticket Office SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

Old Wardour Castle from Ticket Office

SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

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High Wood from near East Hatch SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

High Wood from near East Hatch

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New Wardour Castle SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

New Wardour Castle

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Towards Donhead St. Andrew, Win Green Hill behind SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

Towards Donhead St. Andrew, Win Green Hill behind

SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

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Ansty village and Swallowcliffe Down SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

Ansty village and Swallowcliffe Down

SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

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Castle Ditches Iron Age Hill Fort Site from near the start of the walk from Wick Wood SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

Castle Ditches Iron Age Hill Fort Site from near the start of the walk from Wick Wood

SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

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Pond at Wick Wood Farm SWC Walk 252 Tisbury Circular via Donhead St. Andrew

Pond at Wick Wood Farm

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Length 23.3 km (14.5 mi), with 561m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk, see below Walk Options.
Toughness 7 out of 10, 5 hours 40 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 10 ½ hours.
Walk Notes

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 breath-taking 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.
An exhilarating descent and an equally exhilarating route through the wooded Barkers Hill lead back down to the Nadder. The return route then leads right past the romantically ruined 14th century Old Wardour Castle and through High Wood back into Tisbury, a remarkably unspoilt village.

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.

Maps

OS Explorer: 118 (Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase)
OS Landranger: 184 (Salisbury & The Plain)

Travel

Tisbury Station, map reference ST 945 290, is 20 km west of Salisbury, 145 km south west of Charing Cross, 94m above sea level and in Wiltshire. It 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).

Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.20 hours.

Lunch

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. Originally called "The New Inn", The Forester has been a public house since the 15th century and is housed in an old thatched building made from greensand stone with a large inglenook fireplace and original beamed ceilings. It has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for 2013 and every year since.

Tea

Plenty of options in Tisbury. See the Walk Directions pdf for details.

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Walk Directions  

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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk