Purton - Ringsbury Camp - Redlodge Plantation - Purton

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A mostly flat walk starting from Purton, near Swindon. The village dates back to Saxon times, and has a surprising amount of history. Relics from Roman times have been discovered in many parts of the village, and there was at least one Roman Villa within the village

The historical interest continues, as the walk heads out of the village. The walk heads for Restrop, where it is thought a battle took place during the English Civil War., and then shortly after this, the walk reaches Ringsbury Camp, which was a fortified Iron Age camp, dating back to about 50 BC. The walk follows the edge of the hill fort, and you can clearly see the remains of the double banked structure, which marked its boundaries as you head round.

Much of the walk after this follows wide estate tracks through woodland in the Red Lodge Plantation, before heading back to Purton, via Purton Common, where the open countryside encroaches right into the village, giving it a very rural feel.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Woodland or Forest


Ancient Monument, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Woodland
12/21/2020 - Peter Morgan

Lovely walk with lots to see. Route finding very easy, even through Redlodge Plantation with its many paths and tracks. This part, in mid-December 2020, was quite muddy with standing water in the rutted tracks, but suitably shod in Wellingron boots, it was fine. Especially enjoyed the ramparts of and extensive views from Ringsbury Camp

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