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|The Bath Arms and Longleat Estate|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 30 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular pub walk from The Bath Arms in Crockerton, near Warminster in Wiltshire. The Bath Arms is a delightful country pub, sourcing the best and freshest local produce with a menu that changes daily. The walking route explores the beautiful surroundings of the Longleat Estate, a stunning area of mixed woodland with a large lake at its centre. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. There are a couple of sections walking on village roads and a country lane without pavements, so take care of the traffic at these points. A few sections within the woodland can get very muddy at times so good boots are a must. There are no stiles, kissing gates or livestock on route, making it ideal for dogs and families (although not suitable for pushchairs). Some sections of path on the return leg are quite narrow so could be prone to becoming a little overgrown in the late summer. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
Crockerton is a small village accessed via the A350, just 2 miles south of Warminster in Wiltshire. The walk starts and finishes at The Bath Arms on Clay Street, which has its own car park, and there is also roadside parking available within the village. Approximate post code BA12 8AJ.
|Start to Primary School|
Start point: 51.1791 lat, -2.1966 long
Leave The Bath Arms car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the road, Clay Street, passing the pub on your right. Continue along this village road, taking care of any occasional traffic. Just after passing House 108 on your left, turn right into the side road, Broadmead Lane. Follow this lane downhill and you will be able to see the village church within the woodland slopes opposite.
|Primary School to Sailing Club|
Start point: 51.1823 lat, -2.2025 long
Follow the lane gently downhill, with a mix of trees and properties each side. Ignore the first pair of footpaths signed off the road (just after Highfield), instead continue on the lane between rolling sheep pastures until you reach a sharp left-hand bend in the lane.
|Sailing Club to Vehicle Barrier|
Start point: 51.18 lat, -2.2113 long
Just beyond the sailing club, you will have your first glimpse of Shear Water Lake to your left. Do NOT turn left here, instead keep straight ahead to join the main tarmac access lane. Stay with this lane as it follows the line of the edge of the large lake to your left. There are a couple of benches here should you wish to pause and enjoy the lake views.
|Vehicle Barrier to Track Fork|
Start point: 51.1801 lat, -2.2187 long
Pass alongside the vehicle barrier and continue ahead on the tarmac track. Just 200 metres along (immediately after passing a large stone boulder which acts as a signpost to Nockatt Car Park), turn left onto the stone track. Follow the track as it swings steadily left (crossing the lake’s pretty inlet stream) and then swings steadily right (ignoring the right side turn). Now simply stay with this main stone track as it meanders and undulates ahead.
|Track Fork to Swancombe Cottage|
Start point: 51.1744 lat, -2.2263 long
Take the left-hand branch, a long, level and straight stretch of track. Across to your left you will have tantalising glimpses of views across the rolling distant hills. Ignore the next two side paths to your right, and stay with the main track which descends steeply to reach a T-junction (with fenced pastures visible ahead).
|Swancombe Cottage to Magnificent Beech|
Start point: 51.1739 lat, -2.2225 long
Continue along the road edge with care, now with woodland on your right and open water meadows across to your left. The lane enters a section with trees both sides and passes the vehicle entrance for a fishing point on your left. Just 30 metres later, turn right onto a stone vehicle track leading you uphill into the woodland.
|Magnificent Beech to End|
Start point: 51.177 lat, -2.207 long
Turn right here, uphill, and follow the obvious narrow stone and dirt path continuing through the woodland. Further along, another path merges in (from behind on your right). Bear left here to continue on the main path and soon afterwards you will come to a fork at a grass triangle. Turn right here, passing tall conifers on your right and another magnificent gnarled beech tree on your left.
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On section 7 (Beech to end) the 1st Beech tree has a large branch which has fallen off the tree and is blocking the path you need to take. You need to go around the end of the fallen branch to find the path.
|By CalneCazza on 2016-10-10 12:17:48|
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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