Descent into the Nadder Valley (with Place Farm)

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Alpacas in Ridge hamlet

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Rolling Hills near Knoyle Corner

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Fonthill Estate Entrance Arch (Rear View)

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Trees, Fonthill House

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Often overgrown path in Oddford Vale

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Oddford Vale (I)

SWC Walk 248 Tisbury Circular via Hindon

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Tisbury Circular via Hindon walk

The Nadder Valley, picturesque villages, some dry chalky U-shaped downs of the West Wiltshire Downs, wooded ridges and one of Britain’s largest thatched buildings

Length 21.9 km (13.6 mi), of which 3.9 km (2.5 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 465m. For a shorter or longer walk, see below Walk options.
Toughness 7 out of 10
Features This walk leads mostly around the very large Fonthill Estate in the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is spectacular walking country with some breath-taking views. You’ll find picturesque villages and excellent pubs in the beautiful undulating countryside, as well as plenty of woodlands and some dry chalky U-shaped downland valleys. The morning route is a steady ascent out of Tisbury along the scenic Oddford Vale to the highest point of the walk. This stretch is also characterised by some slack way-marking though, and a map and a compass are recommended.
The walk then leads through a grassy valley and across a wooded ridge to lunch in Hindon, where the two recommended pubs are right opposite each other. Most of the ascent lies before lunch, but there are still two climbs through woods in the afternoon. The final part of the walk is a scenic descent into the Nadder Valley and then passes one of Britain’s largest thatched buildings, followed by a stretch along the river back into Tisbury, a remarkably unspoilt village.
Walk Options A westerly extension via East Knoyle adds 5.7 km (3.6 mi), 2.1 km to the tarmac count and 92m ascent/descent.
Shortcut I just after lunch reduces the walk by 1.8 km (1.1 mi), but adds 0.4 km to the tarmac count.
Shortcut II at the end reduces the walk by 1.3 km (0.8 mi) but adds 0.4 km to the tarmac count. Taking one or both shortcuts does not reduce the rating, walking the extension to the full walk (even with a shortcut) makes it a 9/10, and combining the extension with both shortcuts makes it an 8/10.

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

Pythouse Kitchen Garden Cafe West Hatch, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6PA (01747 870 444). The Pythouse is about 700m off-route and located 5.2 km (3.2 mi) into the walk.
The Fox & Hounds The Green, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, SP3 6BN (01747 830 573). The Fox & Hounds is located 9.8 km (6.1 mi) into the extended walk.
The Grosvenor Arms High Street, Hindon, Wiltshire, SP3 6DJ (01747 820 696). The Grosvenor Arms is located 10.4 km (6.4 mi) into the walk and 16.1 km into the extended walk.
The Lamb High Street, Hindon, Wiltshire, SP3 6DP (01747 820 573). The Lamb is located 10.4 km (6.4 mi) into the walk and 16.1 km into the extended walk.
The Beckford Arms Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6PX (01747 870 385). The Beckford Arms is a late lunch option if taking Shortcut I and is then located 15.1 km (9.4 mi) into the walk.

Tea

The Beckford Arms Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6PX (01747 870 385). The Beckford Arms is located 4.9 km (3.0 mi) from the end of the walk if taking Shortcut I, and 3.6 km if also taking Shortcut II.

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

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