Maiden Bradley - Forest Road - Gare Hill

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*This great walk was originally devised and submitted to Walkingworld by Tom Heydon.*

This walk will take you north from Maiden Bradley through the woods of East Common to Forest Road, before turning west to return to the B3092. Here you cross into Somerset and walk alongside the county boundary. The next section, approximately 5km, is almost totally through woods apart from a short distance of roadway through the village of Gare Hill. For about two-thirds of the way through these woods you will be walking up a long gentle slope to the highest point near the deer-park picnic site. This is a height gain of some 120 metres. After reaching Yarnfield Gate you will turn eastwards to follow footpaths and quiet country lanes via Dead Woman's Corner back to Maiden Bradley. The views westwards, through breaks in the woods, are quite spectacular. For the most part, the woodland paths are well-made of hardcore, but not all.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Woodland or Forest

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Church, Food Shop, Pub
24/10/2016 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Enjoyable walk on varied terrain and through differing habitats. Nice and peaceful stretch in the woods. Can be pretty muddy in places but nothing good boots can't handle. Some gates and stiles now missing or broken. Guide still ok though some of the public footpaths have been moved or diverted. Only disappointment being, having walked 5 or so miles and looking forward to our lunch at the picnic site? there isn't one!?

22/03/2012 - Jill Larby

Did this walk in March 2012 just as spring was getting underway, there is promise of a riot of bluebell in the wooded areas, not yet out. Lovely walk, lots of wild life to see. There are a couple of tricky stiles for the bigger dog and quite a lot of 'Keep dogs on leads' signs as it is a heavily bird populated area and probably busy in the shooting season. At way mark 15 the track has been badly churned up by logging activity, so much so that we wimped out and followed the tarmac road cutting out that section. Really nice pub at the beginning/end of this walk, very friendly and not at all bothered by muddy boots.

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