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|Tilshead and Salisbury Plain|
|Author: Claire, Published: 20 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Wiltshire, Salisbury Plain|
|A 6 mile circular walk in Wiltshire, exploring a section of Salisbury Plain and the pretty village of Tilshead. Be prepared for a unique atmosphere on this beautiful expanse of chalk grassland, where you could come across army tanks or ground troops on training operations, the local beagle hound pack exercising as well as lots of wildlife. This walk isn’t for you if you (or your dog) are worried by gun fire and roaring tanks, but otherwise it is a fascinating place that is well worth exploring. |
MOD SAFETY: This section of Salisbury Plain is part of the Defence Estate, owned by the MOD. You may meet army personnel engaging in military exercises whilst out walking. These activities are unlikely to affect your walk (live ammunition is not used here), but please follow any instructions from military personnel. Give way to military vehicles, do not interfere with any army activity and keep dogs under close control.
The walk has only gentle gradients throughout, but the chalk ground means the tracks and paths can be very muddy, slippery and sticky at times. Good boots are a must, or wellingtons with grips in the winter months. The final part follows the edge of a country lane, so take care of traffic on this stretch. You will not be sharing the paths with any livestock, although some sections of the plain are cordoned off with electric fencing to allow cattle to graze. There are no stiles, kissing gates, gates or other obstacles on route but the tracks are quite rutted so are not suitable for mobility buggies or pushchairs. Allow 3 hours.
Tilshead is located on the A360 road, about midway between the villages of Shrewton and Market Lavington. The walk starts and finishes at a free parking area, about half a mile west of Tilshead. The post code SP3 4SG will take you to the road junction at the western end of Tilshead, by the petrol station. From here, leave the A360 and take the small lane signed to Chitterne. After half a mile you will reach a car park on the left (marked No Access for Civilian Vehicles), do NOT pull in here instead turn right into the large car park just a few metres further along the road. This is the starting point for the walk.
|Start to Treeline Gap|
Start point: 51.2271 lat, -1.9683 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, cross over the road and take the entrance for the car park opposite (passing the No Access for Civilian Vehicles sign). Walk straight ahead following the left-hand edge of this car park and passing the large water tower across to your right. In the car park corner pick up the stone track and a few metres along you will reach a fork.
|Treeline Gap to Access Track|
Start point: 51.2223 lat, -1.964 long
After passing through the tree line, keep ahead for a few paces to reach a staggered crossroads. Go straight ahead on the track with open chalk downs to your left and a section of woodland on your right. Immediately after the woodland on your right ends, turn right onto a grass track (with the woodland still on your right).
|Access Track to Byway Crossroads|
Start point: 51.2178 lat, -1.9772 long
Turn left along this access track. Keep straight ahead at the first two crossroads, the second of which sits at the valley bottom. Stay ahead on the main vehicle track which now climbs steadily. At the top of the slope, pass the first small clump of trees on your right and then turn right onto the signed byway.
|Byway Crossroads to Imber Range Path|
Start point: 51.2084 lat, -1.9869 long
Turn left here, following the main vehicle track (or the grass alongside it) between the two sections of woodland. The track leads you just to the left of a telegraph pole and then continues ahead, with more views of the training village across to your left. A little further along, from the highest point, you will have 360 degree panoramic views.
|Imber Range Path to White Barrow|
Start point: 51.2027 lat, -1.9824 long
Keep straight ahead on this stone track, the Imber Range Path bridleway, passing along the southern edge of the training village. Just beyond the village boundary, ignore the track to your left, instead keep straight ahead on the Imber Range Path (now a stretch of byway). At the next junction, you will be leaving the main vehicle track. Ignore the permissive byways, left and right, instead take the public byway (the Imber Range Path) at about 11 o’clock. Follow this grass track as it veers steadily away from the main vehicle track which is to your right. Keep straight ahead on this grass track for some distance, crossing over three stone tracks along the way.
|White Barrow to Tilshead Village|
Start point: 51.221 lat, -1.9554 long
Keep ahead on the vehicle track for about 300 metres beyond the barrow and then, just before a small woodland copse on your left, you will see a waymarker post. Turn left here to join the grass path between fields, signed as a bridleway and the Imber Range Path. Keep ahead on this path until you reach a T-junction with a hedgerow ahead and a waymarker post to your left. Turn right and follow the path through a pretty tunnel of trees. As you come to a property ahead, bear left and follow the stone driveway out to the road in the village of Tilshead.
|Tilshead Village to End|
Start point: 51.2301 lat, -1.9513 long
Turn left along the pavement and follow this through the village, with its quaint flint, thatched and stone cottages.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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|Image by: Lesley1 |
Uploaded: 29 Nov 2016
|Image by: Lesley1 |
Uploaded: 29 Nov 2016
|Image by: Lesley1 |
Uploaded: 29 Nov 2016
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