Saturday Walkers Club

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 is one of the furthest daywalks from London. The 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. A Shortcut, limiting the effort to 5/10, is described.

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Start: SP3 6JT | Directions


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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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