2.6 of 5 (9 votes)

Westbury White Horse and Salisbury Plain

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Wiltshire, England, about 9.90km (6.15 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 165m (541ft)
Descent 104m (341ft)
Max. Elevation 230m (754ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 269m (882ft)
Westbury town centre
Erlestoke village (bus)
Distance 9.90km
Duration ~3:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 25 Feb 2008
This walk takes you along the northwestern corner of Salisbury Plain, a chalk plateau covering 300 square miles. The walk starts in the town of Westbury, heading along the edge of the Plain escarpment. It's a great place for bird watchers, with skylarks, owls and hawks all found in the area. The walk ends at Erlestoke village, where buses head back to Westbury. For a shorter walk, drop down to Bratton or Edington - the bus stops in each village.

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OS Grid ST874509
Start of the walk. If you come by train, take a bus into Westbury town centre, as it is quite a walk to the other side.
OS Grid ST898513
From Westbury, take the lane via Beggar's Knoll to join the Wessex Ridgeway path. Bear East and follow the path to Westbury White Horse, a hill figure carved into the escarpment and the oldest of several white horses in Wiltshire (it dates back to 1778).
About 2.35 km (~1.46 miles) from
OS Grid ST928509
Follow the path heading East until Reeves Farm. Here, follow the Imber Boundary path - marked by the signs showing army land.
About 3.03 km (~1.88 miles) from
OS Grid ST958524
Continue heading due East, until the path turns north towards Stokehill Farm. Look out for the boxes in the trees around here - old artillary boxes now being used for owl nesting boxes!
About 3.44 km (~2.14 miles) from
OS Grid ST955531
Past the farm, take the track through the woods via Coulston Hollow. This leads to Erlestoke village. The George and Dragon pub makes a nice end to the walk, with good local beers and a log fire. Buses head from the village towards Westbury or Devizes.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from

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