SWC Walk 248 - Tisbury Circular via Hindon
Length: 21.8km (13.6 miles) with 3.1km (1.9 miles) of possible afternoon shortcuts
Toughness: 7 out of 10
Catch the 9.20
train from Waterloo
(9.27 Clapham Junction
to Tisbury, arriving 11.06 *** Buy your ticket online from SWT
or at SWT ticket offices (eg at Waterloo) *** up to midnight the night before***
to get the SWT £15 return offer
("Discover the Great Indoors").
For walk directions
We have not yet made much use of the SWT £15 offer, so here is a chance to do so. A 1hr 46 minute train journey whisks you beyond Salisbury to the Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where this walk circles around the large Fonthill Estate. The walk notes talk of "spectacular walking country", "breathtaking views", "picturesque villages" and "excellent pubs", so that seems to tick all the boxes.
How muddy or otherwise the route is I do not know, but being on chalk one can at least hope the mud will be less gloopy than on other routes. I also note that this walk was debuted in March last year and as far as I know no one sunk without a trace on it.
It is 6 miles to lunch
in Hindon (2.5 hours at a reasonable pace) where there are three pubs
serving food till 2.30pm. For any that think they might not make this, there is an earlier cafe option after 3 miles.
In the afternoon two shortcuts
are possible, which if taken together would reduce the walk to 11.7 miles. However it is also now light till 6pm so it should be possible to finish the whole route. Trains back
from Tisbury are at 01
past, though evening dining types might like to note that from the 19.03
onwards they take 2hrs rather than 1hr 46 minutes. The last direct train is the 20.01
, though there is a 21.01
changing at Salisbury that is actually a few minutes quicker. The 22.03
requires a (rather tight) change at Basingstoke.