Easter on Salisbury Plain
Saturday 16th April 2022 (Easter Saturday)
10.15 am for a 10.30 am start
Park Street, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, opposite the football pitch BA12 0HQ (There is plenty of on road parking here). Google Map Reference: 51.18267, -2.10175 What 3 Words: lunching : printer : unicorns
This is a circular walk of just under 7 miles, starting in the village of Heytesbury just off the A36 Bath to Salisbury road. We make our way up towards the edge of Salisbury Plain, which is chalky downland and home to much wildlife, including the great bustard, recently reintroduced to the area. The land is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training ground. However, members of the public are permitted to walk around a lot of the area and there are clear signs marking the parts which are not open to the public. The terrain is fairly easy to walk on, though may be muddy in parts.
As we climb the views get better and better. Along the Way we will listen to some readings and reflections for Easter and stop to have our lunch. After a few miles we come down off the Plain to the small village of Upton Lovell and then follow a footpath out over a wooden bridge across the River Wylye. This is part of the Wessex Ridgeway which criss-crosses the river and follows the riverbank back to the edge of Heytesbury.
There is a church, St Peter and St Paul, in the village which you may like to visit after the walk and there are also a couple of pubs. The Red Lion offers all day refreshments and accepts dogs, should you wish to go there. This will be a dog friendly walk.
Finally, the "lost" village of Imber is a 20 minute drive from Heytesbury via Warminster. The inhabitants were evacuated in 1943 to allow for army training and were never able to return. It still belongs to the MOD but does have open days, including the day of our walk over Easter. You may like to take advantage of being in the area to visit this interesting place, which has a preserved church, after the walk. More details can be found here
Please bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing.
Length: Medium, Terrain: Easy.