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Hillforts on Salisbury Plain

A moderate walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Wiltshire, England, about 14.40km (8.95 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 207m (679ft)
Descent 189m (620ft)
Max. Elevation 210m (688ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 396m (1299ft)
Dilton Marsh
Heytesbury, Warminster, Wiltshire, England
Distance 14.40km
Duration ~4:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 16 Oct 2011
Wiltshire is a much neglected county for walking. The chalky hills offer many fine routes, including this route along the western edge of Salisbury Plain. The walk connects two villages either side of Warminster. Better to start at Dilton Marsh, as trains are infrequent, plus there are better pubs to kill time in at Heytesbury. The first half of the walk circuits the Plain and the army camp with great views over Wiltshire; the second takes you over four small hillforts. Regular buses back from Heytesbury to Warminster, although if you are staying overnight the Angel in Heytesbury is the best local option. www.theangelheytesbury.co.uk

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OS Grid ST855500
From Warminster, take the train to Dilton Marsh. it's a request stop, so tell the conductor.
OS Grid ST859498
Not the most inspiring start to the walk, but it's worth it. Cross the busy main road and then through Westbury Leigh.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid ST862499
Follow the road and turn off at Sandy Hole Lane towards Chalford, along the edge of Westbury Leigh. Take care crossing the A350.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid ST869499
The walk starts in earnest at Chalford. From Wellhead Grove, take the path leading up to the edge of Salisbury Plain.
About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid ST882495
Once you have gained the hill, pick up the Imber Range Perimiter Path. This is what it's all about.
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid ST878488
Head south via Upper Cow Down. No sign of the lower cow...
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid ST887475
Sadly the army use of this part of the Plain prevents wider exploration, but the border path still gives you great views across Wiltshire.
About 1.58 km (~0.98 miles) from
OS Grid ST877463
Head along the path and through the golf course at Arn Hill Down.
About 1.51 km (~0.94 miles) from
OS Grid ST887457
The route here overlooks Warminster, heading via Parsonage Farm.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid ST896462
Head northeast along Imber Road and the army camp.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid ST896457
Beyond the army camp, you return to the countryside and Battlesbury Hill, the site of an Iron Age hillfort.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid ST906448
The second half of the walk is in many ways the highlight; four small hills in a line, the second of which is Middle Hill.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
OS Grid ST913444
On again to Scratchbury Hill, also an Iron Age hillfort.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid ST920432
The fourth hill, Cotley Hill, is just outside Heytesbury.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
OS Grid ST923427
Cross the A36 via the underpass and into the village. There's two pubs; go to The Angel for food, or the Red Lion for a pint.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid ST923425
Regular buses from the village high street take you back to Warminster and the train home.
About 0.17 km (~0.11 miles) from

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