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The Silver Plough and Pitton

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The Silver Plough and Pitton
Author: hallandwoodhouse, Published: 15 Apr 2013 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 UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Wiltshire, Salisbury
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
The Silver Plough and Pitton
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Silver Plough in Pitton. A scenic, undulating walk through chalk downland around the pretty village of Pitton. Some lovely, far reaching views and lots of natural beauty to enjoy all year round.

The walk has several slopes throughout and follows a mixture of field, woodland and downland tracks and paths. There are several gates and four stiles to negotiate on route (all the stiles have fence gaps suitable for medium-large dogs to pass through). Approximate time 90 minutes.

The walk starts from the Silver Plough pub on White Hill in Pitton, just east of Salisbury in Wiltshire. Approximate post code SP5 1DU.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bridleway
Start to Bridleway

Start point: 51.0799 lat, -1.6981 long
End point: 51.0827 lat, -1.6952 long

From the Silver Plough, turn left and left again into The Green. Follow lane (ignoring the crossroads with a footpath) for 500 yards and then bear right uphill on to bridleway.

Bridleway to Corrugated Barn
Bridleway to Corrugated Barn

Start point: 51.0827 lat, -1.6952 long
End point: 51.0874 lat, -1.6699 long

After 200 yards the path meets a double track. Turn right and head uphill under trees for 400 yards when path meets open downland. Continue ahead on grass track with hedge to right. In the distance you can see the church at West Winterslow at 11 o’clock.

Follow track taking time to enjoy extensive views. After 0.75 miles, bear right and continue on tree lined track for 250 yards to reach a fork with a corrugated barn on the left.

Corrugated Barn to Woodland
Corrugated Barn to Woodland

Start point: 51.0874 lat, -1.6699 long
End point: 51.0746 lat, -1.681 long

With corrugated barn to left and sign to right, turn right. Walk for 100 yards, pass alongside metal gate and turn right, keeping to right edge of field. (Please note that dogs must be kept on a lead from this point during the shooting season). Head gently uphill and after 500 yards, the track levels out, curves right and then left after 100 yards.

Continue downhill straight ahead between fields for 200 yards passing under telephone lines. A few paces later (before bottom of field) bear left at 10 o’clock on lightly defined path. Cross the crop field aiming to right of the main tree line. (NOTE: if the path is not visible or is impassible with crops, continue to end of field then turn left and left again at the far corner to reach the end of the main tree line).

Pass through gap and into field ahead, turn left and walk along left edge with trees to left. After 250 yards, as the field curves left, head across (diagonally right) and walk for 150 yards. With trees now to your right, walk ahead for 50 yards and bear right through trees at the arrow post into next field. Turn left and follow left-hand field edge which swings right then left. Continue along left edge with trees on left.

After 500 yards, path bends left between two fields. Walk ahead toward the woods, passing to left of (or through) metal gate on to woodland track.

Woodland to End
Woodland to End

Start point: 51.0746 lat, -1.681 long
End point: 51.0804 lat, -1.6973 long

Follow main woodland track, probably passing between timber stacks. After 500 yards and before the track curves left, there’s an arrow post on the right (see photo). Turn right at 5 o’clock and head uphill on the grass track. Continue for 600 yards (NOTE: Take care if there are forest operations taking place) and cross stile ahead.

Walk ahead following path through a narrow coppice (with some nettle patches) for 300 yards. Continue ahead on grass track to right edge of field, crossing stile ahead (to left of metal gate) after 400 yards. Walk straight along left edge of field, past horse paddocks. Cross stile and head over field at 1 o’clock to second stile.

Cross and head sharply downhill for 200 yards. Turn left on to lane and retrace your steps back to the pub.

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2 responses to "The Silver Plough and Pitton"

How old is the narrative of this walk, there is no longer a gap in the hedge and also no corrugated barn. We got lost and could not pick up again.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for your comment. The walk was written just two years ago and supplied by the pub brewery, Hall and Woodhouse. Of course, some things can change over time. We were in the area and so walked the route ourselves today (3rd June 2015). We are pleased to report that none of the paths have changed so the map remains correct, there are just a couple of landmarks along the way that have disappeared (a hedgerow and a barn). We have updated the description to reflect this. Remember, the most prudent way of following our walks is to use the live GPS maps on the iFootpath App which helps prevent any wrong turns. We are always grateful if our members can provide us with corrections to walk descriptions as they change over time - we can't afford to re-walk all the walks ourselves and still keep the guides free to access.

By carolynred8 on 2015-05-25 08:59:53

Great walk. The corrugated barn is there and the bluebells were gorgeous. Our four year old made it round the whole way without moaning once - and feasted at the silver plough when we finished.

By jamesclothie on 2016-04-23 22:48:24

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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5 images to "The Silver Plough and Pitton"

2031_0Richard1433353421 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We visited the Silver Plough after our walk (3 June 2015) and had a great lunch. There is a dog friendly snug and a lovely garden too.
2031_1Richard1433353422 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
look out for the pub sign to find the start of the walk.
2031_2Richard1433353423 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The bridleway.
2031_3Richard1433353424 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
This is the right hand turn that you need to look out for on the woodland path.
2031_4Richard1433353425 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Most of the way round there are great views.

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