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White Sheet Hill from the Wessex Ridgeway

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)

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

Berwick Coombe from White Sheet Hill

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

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Squalls Cottage

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

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

Nadder Valley and Barkers Hill

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

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Nadder Valley

Nadder Valley

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

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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.

Length 26.3 km (16.4 mi), of which 3.7 km (2.3 mi) on tarmac or concrete
Toughness 10 out of 10
Features 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 5/10.
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.

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

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. Open Tue-Sat 12.00-15.00 and 18.30-23.00, Sun 12.00-15.00. Food Served Tue-Sat 12.00-14.00 and 19.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-14.00. Originally called "The New Inn", The Forester has been a public house since the 15th century. The beautiful old thatched building is made from greensand stone. Inside The Forester still retains that old world feeling with the large inglenook fireplace, stone walls and original beamed ceilings. It has been awarded the prestigious and highly sought-after Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for serving excellent quality food at reasonable prices for 2013 and for 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. Open daily 7.00-23.00. Food Served Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-21.00. It is a 16th century, Grade II-listed thatched building, retaining many of the original features, including mullion windows and carved cornices. The thatched part of the premises has been damaged by fire twice but has been completely rebuilt with the original stones being painstakingly used throughout. 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. Open 12.00-14.00 Tue-Sat (-15.00 Sun) and 18.30-23.00 Tue-Sat. Food Served 12.00-14.00 Tue-Sun and 18.30-21.00 Tue-Sat.

Tea

Tisbury Fish & Chips The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JP (01747 870 273).
Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop The Square, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JP (01747 871 819). Open 8.45-17.00 Mon-Fri, 8.30-17.00 Sat and 9.00-16.30 Sun.
Tisbury Delicatessen High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6DP (01747 871 771).
The Beckford Bottle Shop High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LD (01747 870 947). Open 10.00-18.30 Tue-Thu, 10.00-19.30+ Fri, 09.00-19.30+ Sat and 10.00-13.30 Sun. Drinks are sold by the glass.
The Benett High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6HD (01747 870 428). Open 12.00-late daily. Run by the local Keystone Brewery. Selected bar food is available upon request.
The Boot Inn High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6PS (01747 870 363). Open 12.00-14.30 Wed-Sun and 19.00-23.00 Mon-Sat (17.00-23.00 Fri). Food served until 21.30 evenings. Atmospheric local pub with authentic meals freshly prepared.
The South Western Station Road, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6JT (01747 228 010). Open 12.00-22.00 Mon-Thu, 12.00-23.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-21.00 Sun. Food served Tue-Fri 17.00-21.00, 12.00-21.00 Sat and 12.00-15.00 Sun. The South Western is a pub with rooms originally built in 1884 as one of two railway hotels in Tisbury.

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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