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Why not dust your walking boots down, dig out your backpack and try out one of the 11 exciting new circular walking routes in the beautiful Nadder Valley region of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  All have been designed with pubs, community shops and tea-rooms en route so there is plenty of opportunity to stop for refreshments and food when you are thirsty and hungry and have a great day out!

Burcombe Folly Clump - S Keene
Burcombe Folly Clump - S Keene

Walk 1 - Burcombe and the Punch Bowl

Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Time: Allow 2 hrs
Terrain: Field paths, tracks, quiet lanes with one descent and gentle ascent.

Description: From the small pretty riverside village of Burcombe that dates back to Saxon times, walk through stunning chalk downland and enjoy the peaceful rural landscape. Experience outstanding views across the Nadder Valley and learn more about the area’s fascinating archaeological history.

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Walk 2 - The Delights of Dinton, Baverstock and Compton Chamberlayne

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.3km)
Time: Allow 5 hrs
Terrain: Field paths, tracks and quiet lanes with sharp gradients.

Description: A wonderful circular walk that will take you through the magnificent Dinton Park and past the elegant Georgian mansion of Philipps House, through ancient woodland, along quiet winding country lanes and historic villages, each with a fascinating connection - Dinton with royalty; Baverstock with the military; and Compton Chamberlayne with an uprising during the Civil War.

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Hydes House, Dinton
Hydes House, Dinton - Elizabeth Forbes

Walk 5 - The Magic of Tisbury to Old Wardour Castle

Distance: 5.5 miles (9km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Field path, tracks and quiet lanes with easy gradients - a moderately challenging walk.

Description: Tisbury is the largest of the Nadder Valley villages and its roots stretch back to Saxon times. It even once had its own monastery and stone circle like Stonehenge. On this circular walk, experience a mysterious dramatic landscape steeped in history and discover one of the Nadder Valley’s best kept secrets - the magnificent Old Wardour Castle. Enjoy spectacular views across open countryside, farmland, woodland, along quiet lanes and tracks.

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Old Wardour Castle
Old Wardour Castle - Tracy Adams

Walk 6 - Tisbury to Chicksgrove

Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Time: Allow 2 hrs
Terrain: Fairly easy field paths, lanes and tracks - 12 stiles

Description: Step back in time on this short circular walk to the enchanting hamlet of Chicksgrove, with its charming 14th Century Inn and cottages built of beautiful Chilmark stone and thatch. The perfect stroll for a summer’s evening or family outing.

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Walk 7 - Chicksgrove to Teffont Evias

Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Mixture of lanes, field tracks and paths. 1 stile.

Description: On this circular walk, escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life to the splendid peaceful seclusion of the tiny village of Teffont Evias, one of Wiltshire’s most idyllic villages with its local stone and thatched houses and sparkling chalk stream, admire the beautiful views and rich archaeology.

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Fonthill Lake - D Blake
Fonthill Lake in the Autumn - D Blake

Walk 8 - The Splendour of the Fonthill Estate and Fonthill Abbey

Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Moderate with a number of steep inclines and declines. 3 stiles.

Description: This circular walk has it all! Discover some of the most scenic countryside the Nadder Valley has to offer, as well as picturesque villages and an impressive rich architectural history. Follow in the footsteps of the notorious Beckford family, wealthy landowners who once owned the Estate, and learn of a bygone era of building extravagant country mansions including the famous 19th Century Fonthill Abbey (also aptly named ‘Beckford’s Folly’), one of the first ever Gothic revival buildings which collapsed and is now a ruin!

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Semley Village Stores
Semley Village Stores - Steve Harris

Walk 9 - Semley through the Ages

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Field paths, tracks and country roads with some steep gradients, muddy/wet in places. The Oysters Coppice path is by permission of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and not a public right of way.

Description: Journey back in time on this enjoyable circular walk around the peaceful village of Semley. Imagine what life must have been like for the previous inhabitants of Semley through the ages from life in an Ancient Iron Age Hill Fort called Castle Rings, to its rich industrial history in the 1800s supplying an endless supply of fresh milk to London from its own railway station, and village life today and as a developing antiques and crafts centre. Enjoy rich tranquil pasture land and stunning views across open countryside.

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Walk 10 - Semley to the Donheads

Distance: 5.5 miles (8.8km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Field path, tracks and quiet lanes with a number of steep gradients, could be wet in places. 1 stile.

Description: The intriguing name of ‘Donhead’ is believed to derive from the Saxon word meaning ‘Head of the Downs’. From the peaceful village of Semley, explore the picturesque landscape of the pretty thatched villages of Donhead St Andrew and Donhead St Mary, both nestled between a maze of quiet meandering lanes, steep hills, ancient woodland and enchanting views. Discover which village has a fascinating connection with the United States of America.

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East Knoyle Windmill
East Knoyle Windmill 'The Throdmill'

Walk 11 - Walking the Knoyles in the footsteps of Sir Christopher Wren

Distance: 5.5 miles (8.8km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Mostly country lanes with easy gradients, some field paths and tracks, muddy in places. 1 steep off road descent. No stiles.

Description: Discover picturesque East Knoyle, a village steeped in history. It was the birthplace of famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, born in 1632, and who continued living in the village until 1647. Wren designed St Paul’s Cathedral and other famous buildings in London. The village was also visited by Henry VIII during his courtship with his third wife Jane Seymour. Explore the undulating narrow lanes of East and West Knoyle, Saxon churches, a former windmill and enjoy breath-taking views on this outstanding circular walk.

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