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The Grove Arms, Ludwell and Charlton

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The Grove Arms, Ludwell and Charlton
Author: hallandwoodhouse, Published: 10 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Wiltshire, Ludwell
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Grove Arms, Ludwell and Charlton
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Grove Arms in Ludwell. A delightful and interesting walk through lanes, fields and villages of the Dorset/ Wiltshire borders. An all season walk rich in wildlife and one worth repeating.

The walk has a few gentle climbs and descents and follows a mixture of lanes and woodland and field paths. There are several gates and stiles on route. Towards the end there is a stretch of narrow path that leads you up a steep bank which would be tricky for less able people. Approximate time 80 to 100 minutes.

The walk starts and finishes at The Grove Arms in Ludwell, which can be found on the main A30 Ludwell Hill road between Shaftesbury and Salisbury. Approximate post code SP7 9ND.

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Walk Sections

Grove Arms to Pond
Grove Arms to Pond

Start point: 51.0026 lat, -2.1344 long
End point: 50.9997 lat, -2.1347 long

From the pub, cross over the road ahead, turn right and head along pavement past cottages for 130 yards. Turn left at footpath sign and follow made up track.

After 160 yards, walk through metal gate passing farm shop to right. 60 yards on, pass through metal gate and continue ahead on wide grass path. Follow for 150 yards and path curves right past stile then large pond.

Pond to Field Steps
Pond to Field Steps

Start point: 50.9997 lat, -2.1347 long
End point: 50.9981 lat, -2.1405 long

Continue for 100 yards and pass through metal kissing gate. Walk ahead along left edge of field with trees to left (may be soft underfoot). After 90 yards, bear left through metal kissing gate then continue along right edge of meadow with stream to left.

320 yards ahead, pass through metal kissing gate to right of metal gate and turn right on to lane ahead. Follow for 150 yards then lane curves to right. Continue gently uphill for 120 yards and bear left up steps.

Field Steps to Barters Lane
Field Steps to Barters Lane

Start point: 50.9981 lat, -2.1405 long
End point: 50.9946 lat, -2.1339 long

Cross stile and head across field just to right of telegraph pole 20 yards ahead. After 200 yards, pass stile then bear right and walk along right edge of field with hedge to right for 200 yards. In field corner, cross stile to left of metal gate and turn left on to lane.

Follow gently downhill for 300 yards and bear left at fork. Walk along lane for 420 yards, pass cottage to right then turn left at footpath sign. Walk straight ahead on gravel drive for 25 yards and cross stile. Continue straight ahead across field for 260 yards and cross wobbly stile.

Walk straight across next field keeping power lines c.30 yards to right. 220 yards ahead, cross stile (wobbly footboard) and walk through garden for 40 yards. Pass through wood gate and continue ahead on grass for 70 yards. Walk across gravel drive, pass through metal gate and turn right on to lane.

Follow gently uphill for 130 yards and pass walled post box to left. Continue on lane through Charlton village for 320 yards, bear left at fork then 50 yards ahead, bear left on to lane. Follow for 140 yards and turn left at footpath sign.

Barters Lane to Grove Arms
Barters Lane to Grove Arms

Start point: 50.9946 lat, -2.1339 long
End point: 51.0018 lat, -2.1336 long

Follow made up track for 450 yards and pass farm buildings to right. Walk ahead on grass track for 40 yards and cross stile to left of metal gate. Walk ahead for 40 yards then bear right at 2 o’clock and head downhill towards stile.

Cross, bear right and walk between cress beds to left and poly domes to right. Turn left and continue on track with cress beds to left. 280 yards on, you will come to a metal gate. Here you need to join the signed narrow public access path which runs to the right of the track. To join this, turn right up the steep bank (take care as this path is very tricky) cross the stile and turn left along the field edge. At the end of the field cross the stile and then rejoin the main track. Continue gently downhill for 180 yards to the main road.

Cross over with care and you’re back at the Grove Arms for some well deserved hospitality!

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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