Chilmark - Monarch's Way - Fonthill Bishop - Ridge - Chilmark

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From the Black Dog Inn (currently closed) you will follow the long and gentle uphill road to the Monarch's Way Ox Drove and then walk westwards with great views over rolling farmland. The walk then turns southwards to go through the village of Fonthill Bishop and along the long Fonthill Lake, where you will usually see swans, ducks, herons and many other waterfowl. Turn eastwards at the southern end of the lake and walk through woods and across open farmland within viewing range of Fonthill House, before returning to Chilmark.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Countryside


Great Views, Lake/Loch, Pub, River
21/06/2020 - gordon saunderson

Great walk with some beautiful views.

22/10/2019 - John Branscombe

Did this walk on Monday 21/10/19 a very nice enjoyable walk - varied with great views !! Some points on the directions : Start - The Black Dog is closed looks like on a permanent basis Car park with barrier but you can park in a lay by about 100yds away on main road. WP 1 - I think the mention of Mere on sign post is misleading. Go right by the pub and keep walking. WP 3 - No sign of water trough. Easy to go wrong here. WP 10 - River Barn now closed. WP 11 - No gate. No sign re thieves WP 17 - Now signposted. Easy to see WP 21 - No stile - No sign, just a hole in the hedge but not a problem. Distance of walk about 10 miles. Very enjoyable. Take care on side of A303. John Bee

20/07/2014 - Sarah Clarke

The section on the A 303 was not pleasant and felt slightly dangerous as you had to walk on the road surface as the verge was too over grown The Monarch way section between the hedges is extremely overgrown and full of nettles/ thistles. 2 adults just made to through but it would have been very difficult for young people Worth noting that apart from two points above this was a truly lovely walk with amazing, changing scenery. One suggested amend or option would be to include the Beckwith Arms and a revised route down to the weir at the end of the foothill lake. We went there as we wanted a short break 2/3 of the way round. It was very pleasant

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