Easter school holidays are fast approaching and the weather is finally getting better, it’s time to go out for a scenic walk!
Here are 10 particularly scenic options. Have you tried them all?
1. Drews Pond Woods
Drews Pond Wood Local Nature Reserve is a hidden gem for many in Wiltshire. A network of trails crosses the reserve, with extensive woodlands and wildlife to spot.
There’s a lot of history at the site – and the Drews Pond Project group is fighting to preserve it – with information boards scattered across the reserve with additional information.
Habitats to see include grasslands, thickets, and woodlands. 29 indicator species of old-growth forests can be found, such as wood sorrel, Solomon’s seal and field roses. There are also plenty of birds and mammals for the kids to watch, including bats, buzzards and badgers. You may also see a long-eared owl.
A succession of flowers can be found throughout the year, such as snowdrops and bluebells in spring and buttercups and anemones later in the year.
2. Cherhill Down
A walk to the top of Cherhill Down will reward visitors with magnificent views for miles around.
Once there, people can explore Oldbury Castle Hill Fort which, during the summer, is covered in wildflowers.
In spring and summer, the Downs vibrate with the sound of skylarks and meadow pipits.
You can start at the A4 rest area, on the edge of Cherhill, then follow the path to the Lansdowne monument.
Cherhill Down is home to rare plants and insects, such as the burnt-tip orchid, bastard toadflax, Adonis blue butterfly and the juniper bug.
3. Stanton Park, Stanton Fitzwarren
Nestled between the industrial area of South Marston and the quaint village of Stanton Fitzwarren, Stanton Park is home to woodland trails, meadows and a fish pond.
A popular spot with dog walkers, it also contains a listed ancient monument – the site of a Roman villa.
It holds a Green Flag award, which describes it as “an inspiring and largely unspoilt example of a country park.”
4. Malmesbury Loop
The town of Malmesbury is surrounded by the River Avon.
From the Malmesbury Information Center or via the Explore Malmesbury app, you can follow a series of historic trails around the town centre, such as passing the Abbey Gardens and St Aldhem’s Mead.
For a peaceful river walk, you can start at the top of the High Street in a walk that takes no more than three hours.
5. Silbury Hill
Silbury Hill, more information at english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/silbury-hill, is one of the country’s most mysterious ancient features and one of its most stunning.
Parking near the A4 makes it easy to explore the area.
Although the ancient mound of earth itself is not open to the public, much of the surrounding countryside is ideal for hiking, and the relative gentleness of the terrain means it is suitable for anyone who enjoys walking.
6. The ridge path
The Ridgeway stretches 87 miles between Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire and is easily accessible from Barbury Castle near Wroughton. To walk it is to follow in the footsteps of ancient traders for whom what we now call The Ridgeway was part of a major route through the heart of England from the ports of the south coast.
Archaeologists say the path dates back around five millennia.
Barbury Castle itself, outside Wroughton, has been a favorite destination for walkers for many years.
7. Coate Water Park, Coate
The bustling lake is a popular spot for dog walkers, with a mix of tarmac paths, woods and fields to frolic in.
The park has a 4.5/5 rating on Tripadvisor, with one reviewer writing, “We had the most beautiful walk around the lakes with our two dogs and met some very friendly people.
8. Shearwater Lake
In the Longleat area you will find Lake Shearwater. Enjoy short walks by the lake or long walks in the wider estate. For spectacular views, head to Heaven’s Gate.
Many public rights of way in Corsham are ancient, some even dating back to Roman times, and are well defined and regularly traveled. The topography of the area allows for a variety of walks for all ages and abilities.
Walkers can choose from many nearby places of interest, all within walking distance from Corsham. For example, it is possible to walk to Brunel’s famous Box Tunnel; the National Trust village of Lacock and other National Trust properties; as well as Corsham Court and its grounds. The Visit Corsham website has a wealth of resources on where to go
10. Roundabout down
Roundway Down was the scene of battle during the English Civil War and is located near Devizes.
Part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Wiltshire countryside here.
To extend your walk, you can continue along the Wessex Ridgeway towards Morgan’s Hill where you can take the Wansdyke Path.