SWC 252 - Tisbury Circular (via Donhead St. Andrews)
Length: 23.3 km (14.5 mi)
[shorter option available, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 610 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 hours
Toughness: 9 out of 10
Short Walk (in separate pdf): 15.1 km (9.4 mi), 4/10
09.20 Exeter St. Davids & Bristol Temple Meads train from Waterloo (Clapham J. 09.27, Woking 09.46), arrives Tisbury 11.06
[You have to be in the front part of the train, as it splits at Salisbury, and in Tisbury you have to be in the front three cars of that front part of the train due to a short platform].
Returns are at xx.01 (basically), last train 22.03 [a trolley service is usually on board]
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 views. It heads west from Tisbury along the valley and through Wardour Park with its large mansion. After lunch at a gastro pub in Donhead St. Andrew, some serious ascents 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.
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.
: The Forester Inn
in Donhead St. Andrews
(7.0 km/4.3 mi, food to 14.00, table booked for 13.00), it has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand for 5 years running now.
, height profile
, walk directions
and gpx/kml files
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