Highworth - Stanton Fitzwarren - Sevenhampton - Highworth

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The walk starts in the Market Square of Highworth, in north-east Wiltshire. It commences with a short walk along the High Street, which is lined with attractive buildings, mainly Georgian in age. To the right there is also a 13th Century church, which boasts a scar above the west door caused by a Roundhead cannonball during the Civil War in 1645.

The route crosses the municipal golf course and goes onto the rolling farmland of Red Down. Just before entering the village of Stanton Fitzwarren, the route passes alongside the pens of a deer farm. The main street of Stanton Fitzwarren is lined with some attractive stone cottages, some of which are thatched. At the southern end of the village is Stanton House (now a hotel) with the church alongside.

The walk turns east across open farmland, making towards the small hamlet of Sevenhampton. It is at this point, given good visibility, that the southern edge of the Cotswolds can be seen to the left and the northern edge of the North Wessex Downs can be seen to the right. After crossing the busy A360 Swindon road, the route passes through Queenlaines Farm (now a school) and down a lane to Sevenhampton. The creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming, lived at Sevenhampton Place and there is a memorial to him in the churchyard.

From Sevenhampton, the walk crosses the very attractive Wrag Barn Golf Course before crossing more farmland and a school playing-field on the way back to Highworth.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Countryside

Features

Church, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Toilets
16/11/2011 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Andrew Long for his updates for this walk. November 2011. Adrian (Admin).

11/07/2011 - Caroline Lewis

A lovely walk with a superb start and finish point and pleasant views and villages. The part of the walk from the disused wind pump to the deer enclosures was tedious due to the farmer sowing oil seed rape right up to the boundaries, but it did not spoil the walk. We got a bit lost around Queenslaine Farm - a farm turned into a school - and felt that it would have been better to footpath it to Sevenhampton rather than use the road (there is a footpath marked on the map). A small correction though: points 12 and 13 have been transposed on the map. But a good walk all the same, thank you.

06/05/2011 - Andrew Long

Walk refreshed and new photographs added

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