Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John walk

The Upper Nadder Valley (Wiltshire Downs), Wardour Park and its ruined Castle, steep ascents to Win Green and White Sheet hills and Chalke Valley.

White Sheet Hill from the Wessex Ridgeway SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

White Sheet Hill from the Wessex Ridgeway

SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

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New Wardour Castle from across Wardour Park (II) SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

New Wardour Castle from across Wardour Park (II)

SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

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Berwick Coombe from White Sheet Hill SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

Berwick Coombe from White Sheet Hill

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Squalls Cottage SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

Squalls Cottage

SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

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Castle Ditches Iron Age Hillfort Site from near Totterdale Farm SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

Castle Ditches Iron Age Hillfort Site from near Totterdale Farm

SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

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Nadder Valley and Barkers Hill SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

Nadder Valley and Barkers Hill

SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

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Nadder Valley SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

Nadder Valley

SWC Walk 251 Tisbury Circular via Ludwell and Berwick St. John

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Length 26.3 km (16.4 mi), with 607m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
Toughness 7 out of 10, with 6 hours 30 minutes walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 11 hours.
Walk Notes This walk explores parts of 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. Heading west from Tisbury, initially it broadly follows the valley, while never being flat for long, before routing through Wardour Park with its large neoclassical mansion and romantically ruined 14th century Castle to then bypass the Donheads via a hill crossing.
After lunch in Ludwell it is a long and steady ascent to South Wiltshire’s highest point: Win Green Hill, providing for 360°-views to the coast and the inland valleys. After a stretch along the Cranborne Chase ridge a steep descent into the Chalke Valley is followed by a re-ascent up Berwick Coombe to White Sheet Hill, followed by a steep and rough descent from the chalk escarpment. A few woods, a boggy brook crossing and some smaller copses are followed by the descent back into Tisbury, a remarkably unspoilt village.
Walk Options A Shortcut around lunch cuts 9.1 km (5.7 mi) and the ascent/descent by 267m. This reduces the effort to 4/10.
The number 29 bus (Shaftesbury to Salisbury) stops outside the lunch pub on the main walk, as well as in Berwick St. John later in the afternoon (Mon-Sat only, approx. every 90 mins), it gets you to Salisbury Bus Station (a 10 minutes’ walk from the train station) in just over an hour.

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 7.3 km (4.5 mi) into the short walk (and 600m off the main walk route) and the only lunch option on the short 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.
The Grove Arms Ludwell, Shaftesbury, Wiltshire, SP7 9ND (01747 828 811). The Grove Arms is located 10.6 km (6.6 mi) into the walk. It is a 16th century, Grade II-listed thatched building. The premises have been licensed since the 17th century and they have variously traded under its current name and as The Black Dog.
The Talbot Inn The Cross, Berwick St. John, Shaftesbury, Wiltshire, SP7 0HA (01747 828 222). The Talbot Inn is located 17.6 km (10.9 mi) into the walk.

Tea

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

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