Released: May 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Rachael Rowe
Written by Rachael Rowe Walks for all Ages Wiltshire features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Rachael then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Wiltshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
Walk 01. Fovant (6 miles)
Walk 02. Old Sarum (2 miles)
Walk 03. Avebury (6 miles)
Walk 04. Berwick St James (5 miles)
Walk 05. Steeple Ashton and Keevil (4 miles)
Walk 06. Mere (5 miles)
Walk 07. Langley Burrell (2½ miles)
Walk 08. Corsham (4 miles)
Walk 09. Biddestone (4 miles)
Walk 10. Downton (4 miles)
Walk 11. Great Bedwyn (5 miles)
Walk 12. Cricklade (3 miles)
Walk 13. Barbury Castle (4 miles)
Walk 14. Tisbury (4 miles)
Walk 15. Heytesbury (5 miles)
Walk 16. Marlborough (2 miles)
Walk 17. Durrington (4 miles)
Walk 18. Bradford on Avon (4 miles)
Walk 19. Malmesbury (4 miles)
Walk 20. Roundway Hill (4 miles)
Wiltshire is a county steeped in ancient legend and intriguing history and has some of the most dramatic scenery in the South West. There are white horses, mysterious stone circles and weathered sarsen stones as well as delightful villages to discover.
It is all too easy to drive straight through Wiltshire with a cursory nod to Stonehenge on the A303. But take a walk here and you’ll feel the essence of the county and discover those unique features and welcoming neighbourhoods. This is a county where eight white horses stand proud on the hills and where ancient hill-farming tracts can still be seen on the landscape. It has villages that take pride in their historic blind houses or lock-ups and where medieval tithe barns have seen the harvest gathered in from the fields. Walk across a water meadow in Downton and you can discover the legacy and heritage of the drowners who expertly managed the floodplains.
Walks in Wiltshire have inspired writers to create prose and define places like Scratchbury Camp which are forever immortalised in poetry. This is where war poets like Edward Thomas and Siegfried Sassoon spent their days on the eve of World War I and where Richard Jefferies captured the spirit of the Marlborough Downs. In the quiet villages of Fovant and Sutton Veny there are reminders of World War I and the troops that were stationed in the Wylie Valley, now remembered in the cemeteries and by the regimental badges on the hills.
Devizes is the county town of Wiltshire, famed for its locks and overlooked by Roundway Hill where a decisive battle took place in the English Civil War between Cavaliers and Roundheads. At Salisbury the cathedral spire dominates the landscape and is overlooked by Old Sarum, the ancient settlement now in ruins. Wiltshire’s heritage combines the quaintness of Great Bedwyn’s stonemasonry with the engineering genius of the Kennet and Avon Canal and the railway works at Swindon. It is epitomised in the legacy of Maud Heath’s Causeway where a simple good deed helped people for generations to come.
To walk in Wiltshire is to discover a county that radiates joy and has a welcome in its villages and towns for visitors. From the hill forts of Barbury Castle to watching great bustards on Salisbury Plain, a walk in this county is a fine way to experience its heritage and landscapes.