SWC Walk 251 – Fine views in the undulating Upper Nadder Valley, Wardour Park and its ruined Castle, a long ascent to Win Green, views to the coast and nearby valleys, White Sheet hill and ridge, a rough descent, a jump over a boggy brook, a bluebell wood (at least one, anyway)
Length: 26.3 km (16.4 mi) [shorter option available, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 710 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 10 out of 10
09.20 Exeter St. Davids train from Waterloo (Clapham J. 09.27, Woking 09.46), arrives Tisbury 11.06.
Buy a £15 day return to Tisbury on the SWT-website or at the station ticket office (but not the machines) before midnight the night before.
Returns are at xx.01, last train 22.03.
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 (17.2 km, 440m ascent), limiting the effort to 5/10, is described.
On the full walk the lunch
stop is The Grove Arms
(10.6 km/6.6 mi), just before the ascent to South Wiltshire’s highest point.
On the short walk the lunch
stop is The Forester Inn
in Donhead St. Andrew
(7.3 km/4.5 mi), an excellent yet welcoming pub restaurant. Pre-booking is advised
For walk directions
. For summary
, route map
, height profile
and gpx/kml files
Get Hill Fit for Ullapool – The Schedule
23/04 – SWC 251 Tisbury Circular (via Ludwell and Berwick St. John)
30/04 – SWC 239 Halnaker to Chichester (via Cass Sculpture Park and Goodwood)
07/05 – SWC XXX (New Walk) Haslemere to Midhurst
14/05 – SWC 068 (Revised) Rowlands Castle Circular