• Discover Chalke Valley, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, BH21 1HD  Tel: 01725 517417

Why not dust your walking boots down, dig out your backpack and try out one of the  exciting new circular walking routes in the beautiful Chalke Valley region of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  All have been designed with pubs, community shops and tea-rooms en route so there is plenty of opportunity to stop for refreshments and food when you are thirsty and hungry and have a great day out!

Bishopstone Meadows

Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Terrain: Those parts that cross fields are best done when dry as they are water meadows that flood in very wet weather.  The walk is flat but involves several, unavoidable stiles.  Dog-walkers and those of a nervous disposition should note that cows may be in some of the fields, and due care should be taken.

Description:

This is an anti-clockwise walk starting and finishing at the White Hart pub (large car park, friendly landlord and good, wholesome food).  It should take about 90mins, with an opportunity to use a short cut to reduce it to 45mins. 

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Coombe Bissett Down Nature Reserve

Distance: 2.8 miles (1.5km)
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Terrain:   There is one stile and the walk starts going up hill immediately.

Description:

A walk around the beautiful Nature Reserve of Coombe Bissett Down.

It is worth a visit at any time of year for its sweeping views, swooping curves, and steep slopes patterned by medieval terraces. These features, called strip lynchets, were deliberately cut into the slopes to create arable fields for farming.

Walk the slopes in the summer months and you will see they are ablaze with flowers and butterflies – from the cowslips in April, through to September when they are a purple haze of devil’s-bit scabious. The peak of flower power is late May and early June.

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WildlifeAlvediston and Norrington Manor

Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Time: Allow 3 hours
Terrain:  A mix of quiet lanes, bridleways and byways. A number of long slow ascents and descents

Description

Experience a wonderful walk exploring Alvediston, historic Norrington Manor and Middle Down. Enjoy the many chalk downs, stunning scenery and bid wide open-spaces.


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Bishopstone and the Oxdrove

Distance: 5 miles (9 km)
Time: Allow 3 hours
Terrain: A mix of quiet lanes, bridleways and byways. Some long gradual ascents and descents.

Description:

Experience a bracing walk south from Bishopstone across Crouchstone Down. Enjoy the many chalk downs, stunning scenery and big wide open-spaces. You will follow the route of an old Roman Road and there are fabulous views of Salisbury Cathedral.

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Ebbesbourne Walk and Bowerchalke

Distance: 5.5 miles (9 km)
Time: Allow 2.5  hours
Terrain: Gradual hills, some stiles

Description:

This is a lovely, not too hilly walk exploring the picturesque depths of the Chalke Valley. Extend the walk to reach the grave of the author William Golding in the churchyard of the Holy Trinity in Bowerchalke

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Broad Chalke and Fifield Bavant

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.5km)
Time: Allow 2 hours
Terrain: Gradual hills, some stiles

Description:

Delightful walk taking in two different but equally charming settlements in the Chalke Valley on clearly marked tracks, some obviously very ancient - one of the delights of the area.

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Win Green Loop

Distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Time: Allow 2.5 hours
Terrain: Tracks, two steep ascents

Description:

Stunning views from Win Green and the Ox Drove and a circuit of the historic Ashcombe estate make this a classic downland walk.

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