Winterbourne Dauntsey - Figsbury Ring

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This picturesque little walk starts at Winterbourne Dauntsey from a ford in Gaters Lane. Leaving this charming village on the Monarch's Way, there is a gradual climb to reach Figsbury Ring, from where there are wonderful views over Wiltshire landscape. An ancient byway that is also a Roman Road leads through fields to meet a pleasant bridleway that runs through woodland. At Winterbourne Earls a waterside path is followed before the final stretch back to the ford in Winterbourne Dauntsey.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, River, Wildlife, Woodland
23/04/2017 - Graham Barrow

Did this walk on 22nd April 2017. Tried to follow footpath by stream by Rose Farm as described at point 8 but found it impassable due to overgrown woodland and fallen trees and branches across path, also muddy even after weeks of no rain during April. No sign of footbridge. I suggest you follow comments of Peter Harper below and turn left at the poplars etc.

02/09/2013 - Anne Marlow

Agree with P Harper's comments - path between points 8 and 9 is very muddy, slippery and unpleasantly overgrown, even in mid-August. Much better to go left opposite the stables, cross the river and follow the track round to the right to reach the ford.

27/07/2013 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Agree with William, nice views when not in the brambles and stinging nettles! Possibly one walk to do in winter/autumn? The long byway, after crossing the A30, was very overgrown and painful when wearing shorts (very hot day). Enjoyable walk though, with good instructions.

21/07/2013 - William Delves

A nice walk with some great views - especially from Figsbury Ring across to Salisbury and the spire. The path leading to waypoint 6 from the road was overgrown, but it's fairly easy to walk along the side of the field instead. The byway from point 6 was completely overgrown with brambles and nettles. It was OK for the first 200-300 yards then got very bad. You can make a bit of a detour down Old Malthouse Lane, cross the bride and head into Ford then take either of the footpaths heading back north. Don't let this put you off though - the walk is definitely worth it for the views!

21/12/2012 - Peter Harper

This is a great little walk which I've done a couple of times now. With widespread flooding across the region in the last couple of days, I wanted to avoid the muddy footpath between waypoints 8 and 9, so went left instead of right at The Poplars. I followed the track round until, shortly after Hurdcott sewage works, I turned right through a gate to join the bridleway leading to the ford mentioned in the route description. I'd recommend this variation, which doesn't add any distance, to anyone doing the walk after wet weather.

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