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|Broad Chalke and Fifield Downs|
|Author: Claire, Published: 10 Dec 2016||Walk Rating:|
|Wiltshire, Cranborne Chase|
|A 7 mile circular walk from the village of Broad Chalke, near Salisbury in Wiltshire. This peaceful journey explores the rolling chalk downs within Cranborne Chase AONB, with plenty of nature and glorious views along the way. The final stretch takes you alongside the River Ebble, a beautiful chalk stream still used for growing watercress. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. Whilst some of the tracks are surfaced with stone or tarmac, some of the paths are unmade and can get very muddy or slippery after rain and in the winter months. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate some single gates and two kissing gates. The majority of the route crosses arable land so there is no livestock for most of the way, but you will cross one pasture at the end of the walk, which sometimes holds cattle. The kissing gates and cattle pasture can be avoided by following a stretch of village road instead, if you prefer. There are two short stretches of path that are very narrow (and maybe a bit overgrown in summer) so the route would not be suitable for pushchairs or disability buggies. There are lots of game birds in the area so take care with dogs. Allow 3.5 hours.
Broad Chalke is located about 8 miles west of Salisbury. The walk starts and finishes outside the United Reformed Church chapel on High Road which is home to a thriving community shop and post office, alongside the village pub. There is no specific car park in the village, so please park on the road sides with respect for the residents and shop customers. If you are coming by bus, there is a bus stop directly outside the chapel. Approximate post code SP5 5EP.
|Start to Chalk Pyt Farm|
Start point: 51.0296 lat, -1.945 long
The walk begins outside the United Reformed Church chapel, which today houses the community shop and post office. Standing facing the chapel, turn left along the village road (taking care of traffic) and passing the village pub on your right. Follow the road as it bends sharp right (taking extra care on this bend) and continue (joining the right-hand pavement), now heading north through the village.
|Chalk Pyt Farm to Circular Huts|
Start point: 51.0326 lat, -1.9482 long
Immediately after the old stable block on your left, you will see a waymarker post to your left, marking two bridleways. Turn left here (the left-hand of these two bridleway) and follow the track passing the old stone stable block immediately on your left. Pass Dairyman’s Cottage on your right and continue ahead to pass farm outbuildings also on your right.
|Circular Huts to Road Crossing|
Start point: 51.0394 lat, -1.9711 long
Continue a few paces beyond the huts and you will reach a tarmac parking area with several concrete tracks. Take the concrete track at 1 o’clock, signed as the bridleway. Follow this tree-lined vehicle track ahead. 400 metres after the trees end, pass through a metal gate ahead and continue along the woodland track for just a short distance to reach a crossroads (with another metal gate ahead).
|Road Crossing to Fifield Bavant|
Start point: 51.0402 lat, -1.9963 long
Cross over with care and go straight ahead along the continuation of the byway. Pass the property called Fovant Hut on your right and the views to your right open up once again. Further along, a section of dense woodland and scrub begins on your left. 80 metres later you will come to a fork in the track, take the left-hand branch, a grass track with woodland scrub each side.
|Fifield Bavant to Knapp Hill|
Start point: 51.0231 lat, -1.9831 long
Turn left along the lane, taking care of any traffic and passing the first row of terraced cottages on your left. Just after the road bends left (and before you reach the next set of houses), turn right onto the bridleway track signed to Mead End.
|Knapp Hill to End|
Start point: 51.0254 lat, -1.9578 long
Turn left along the road, passing between sections of watercress beds. Stay with the road as it climbs steeply and then, just before a wall begins on your right, turn right onto the signed public footpath. Pass through the small wooden gate to enter the grounds of Knapp Farmhouse. Keep straight ahead on the vehicle track and where this peters out (alongside a large sycamore tree on your right), bear slightly right to follow the grass path between large bushes.
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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