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|Norton Bavant and Scratchbury Hill|
|Author: Claire, Published: 20 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk of just more than 3 miles in the Wiltshire chalk hills starting from the tiny village of Norton Bavant. The walk climbs out and up to Scratchbury Hill, one of the finest Iron Age hill forts in Wiltshire, and then continues through arable farmland to return to the village. The views from Scratchbury Hill are really wonderful. |
The walk has several kissing gates but no stiles. There are several climbs and descents but they are all either gradual or short in nature. The chalk grassland paths are narrow and uneven and can be quite slippery after wet weather. There are sheep grazing in several of the fields so take care with dogs. The walk is quite remote so there are no toilets or refreshments on route. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the centre of the tiny village of Norton Bavant just off the B3414, south of Warminster in Wiltshire. There is no car park so please park on the roadside with respect for the residents. The ‘Go’ marker on the map marks a small concrete lay-by where there is parking for 3 or 4 cars, just next to some disused corrugated iron outbuildings. Approximate post code BA12 7BB.
|Norton Bavant to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.1876 lat, -2.1318 long
From the concrete lay-by, with your back to the outbuildings, turn left along the village lane. Follow the road as it bends first left (past the phone box) and then hard right. Go straight ahead at the crossroads to reach the T-junction with the B3414.
|Railway Bridge to Imber Range Path|
Start point: 51.1936 lat, -2.1321 long
Cross over the railway bridge and follow the quiet country lane as it bends left and begins to climb gradually uphill. Continue for more than half a mile, passing Middleton Cottage on the way.
|Imber Range Path to Scratchbury Ridge|
Start point: 51.2009 lat, -2.1296 long
Turn right here, heading on the grass path uphill, with the fence to your right. Follow the short steep slope to pass through a kissing gate to enter Scratchbury Camp – dogs on leads here as there are sheep grazing. Turn left and follow the narrow clay path as it climbs steadily around the edge of Scratchbury Hill on the right.
|Scratchbury Ridge to Fork|
Start point: 51.1988 lat, -2.1243 long
Continue ahead following the undulating ridge path. Continue past a large copse of trees down in a deep valley over to the left. Immediately after this, look out for a metal kissing gate on the left. As the ridge path dips, turn sharp left downhill to reach this kissing gate.
|Fork to Bridge|
Start point: 51.191 lat, -2.1204 long
To the left you’ll see a kissing gate on the edge of the field – do not take this, instead fork right continuing on the path through the sheep pasture. Follow this path as it begins to gradually descend downhill. The traffic roundabout will come into view at the bottom of the hill.
|Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.1854 lat, -2.1219 long
Cross over the bridge and then turn right immediately afterwards onto a footpath. Follow the stepped footpath with metal handrails as it zig-zags down to reach a field. At the bottom, follow the obvious path going diagonally across the centre of the crop field.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Badly out of date. Avoid unless you want to end up in the middle of sheep poo "minefield" or worse
|By Kopec on 12 May 2016|
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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