GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Cranborne Chase Walks

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beautystraddles the counties of Dorset,Hampshire andWiltshire. It covers 379 square miles (981 square kilometres) and is covered with miles of wonderful walking trails.

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Badbury Rings2 miles (4 km)Climb thisIron Age hill fort and enjoy wonderful views across the Dorset countryside on this circular walk near Wimborne. View Full Details>>
Cley Hill1 miles (1.5 km)Climb this distinctive hill in Warminster and enjoy wonderful views over West Wiltshire and Somerset. The chalk downland of the hill is covered in wildflowers in the summer months. View Full Details>>
Coombe Bissett Down3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a short walk around this pretty nature reserve near Salisbury. The reserve is located just a few miles south west of Sailsbury and has nice walking tracks to try. The area is a chalk downland valley with a variety of plants to enjoy such as delicate harebells, bee orchid, devil's-bit scabious and the burnt orchid. It's great for wildlife too with butterflies including Adonis blue, chalkhill blue and dingy skipper and birds includingYellowhammer, goldfinch, and skylarks. The reserve includes a mixture of grassland and woodland. View Full Details>>
Dinton Park5 miles (8 km)Explore the extensive parkland and woodland surrounding this Neo-Grecian house in Dinton, Salisbury. There are good footpaths running past the pretty lake into extensive woodland. There are also great views across the Wiltshire countryside toward Salisbury Cathedral. View Full Details>>
Fonthill Estate4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy a lovely circular walk around the village of Fonthill Bishop on this circular walk near Salisbury in Wiltshire. There's much to enjoy with woodland trails, countryside views and a waterside section along the pretty Fonthill Lake. View Full Details>>
Fontmell and Melbury Downs5 miles (7.5 km)Enjoy a variety of beautiful flora and fauna in this nature reserve in Compton Abbas on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. The area is associated with the novels of Thomas Hardy and includes a climb to Melbury Hill for wonderful views over the area. Also look out for a variety of birds, butterflies, wildflowers and orchids in this delightful area. View Full Details>>
Grovely Wood6 miles (9 km)Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this large area of woodland near the Wiltshire village of Great Wishford. View Full Details>>
Hambledon Hill2 miles (4 km)Climb Hambledon Hill and enjoy far reaching views over the Cranborne Chase AONB on this walk near Child Okeford in Dorset. On the hill you will find one of the country's best preserved Iron Age hill forts. The area is also a National Nature Reserve so there is an abundance of interesting flora and fauna to look out for. Plants include pyramidal orchidandwild thyme while butterfly species includedingy skipper,grizzled skipper,chalkhill blue andadonis blue. From the 192m (630ft) summit there are fabulous views over rhe Blackmore Vale, the river Stour, Wiltshire and Somerset. View Full Details>>
Heaven's Gate Longleat1 miles (1 km)Enjoy wonderful views over the Longleat Estate and the surrounding Wiltshire countryside on this short walk near Warminster. From the car park at the Nockatt Coppice there is a lovely footpath through attractive woodland which leads to the top of Prospect Hill and Heaven's gate. Here you will find a series of interesting stone sculptures created by the sculptor Paul Norris. In the right light the crystals and metals embedded within the stones are reflected meaning the stones appear to glow. From the top of Prospect hill you can also enjoy far reaching views towards Somerset. There's a series of benches where can you sit and relax or wide lawns where you could have a picnic. View Full Details>>
Jubilee Trail88 miles (142 km)This walk crosses from one side of Dorset to the other, taking you on a tour of some of the county's best scenery and prettiest villages. The Trail runs from Forde Abbey on the Somerset border in the west, across Dorset to Bokerley Dyke on the Hampshire border. You will pass through Winterborne Abbas, Upwey, West Knighton, Crossways, Moreton, Bere Regis, Milton Abbas, Winterborne Stickland, Durweston, Stourpaine, Pimperne, Tarrant Gunville, Chettle and Cranborne. View Full Details>>
Kingston Lacy3 miles (5 km)Explore the extensive parkland and gardens surrounding this lavish country mansion near Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Well laid out way-marked footpaths will take you across the wide lawns and through peaceful woodland to the beautiful Japanese Gardens with bamboo plants, granite lanterns and an authentic Japanese tea house. You can also follow the avenue of Lime trees to the arboretum known as Nursery Wood. Here you'll find a beautiful collection of azalea, camellia, rhododendron and flowering cherry trees. Other features in Kingston Lacy Park include the restored Victorian Kitchen Garden, the ancient Egyptian obelisk, the Rose Garden, the South Terrace, the Parterre, the Fernery and the Cedar Walk. View Full Details>>
Martin Down Nature Reserve2 miles (4 km)This beautiful nature reserve on the Hampshire/Dorset border consists of 350 hectares of unspoiled chalk downland. It's a splendid area with miles of good footpaths taking you past wildflower meadows and sweeping grassland. View Full Details>>
Mid-Wilts Way68 miles (109 km)A 68-mile walking route that takes in some of Wiltshire's finest countryside and downland areas. The walk runs from the village of Ham (near Inkpen) to Mere (near Warminster). View Full Details>>
Old Sarum Way33 miles (53 km)This circular route takes you on tour through the river valleys, woodland and downland around Salisbury. View Full Details>>
Old Wardour Castle3 miles (5.5 km)This circular walk explores the countryside surrounding the 14th century Old Wardour Castle in Tisbury, Wiltshire. The site is managed byEnglish Heritage who provide an audio tour where you can learn about the castle's history. You can also climb the turrets for wonderful views over the surrounding area. View Full Details>>
River Wylye Valley3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the River Wylye on this waterside walk in the Wiltshire village of Great Wishford. You can start the walk at Stoford Bridge and then follow the riverside footpath to Serrington. It's a nice 1.5 mile stroll with lovely views across the countryside of the Wylye Valley. You can return the same way or head east at Serrington along the Chain Drove and then head south along the Monarch's Way to return you to the village. View Full Details>>
Salisbury Country Way61 miles (98 km)A super circular walk through the countryside around Salisbury. The walk visits the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge, Compton Park, Downton and includes a lovely riverside stretch along the River Avon. You'll also pass through the delightful Martin Down Nature Reserve. This beautiful nature reserve on the Hampshire/Dorset border consists of 350 hectares of unspoiled chalk downland with a variety of flora and fauna. View Full Details>>
Shearwater Lake2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy an easy waterside walk along this pretty lake on the Longleat Estate. The lake is located near Warminster and has a nice walking trail running alongside the 37 acre lake. It's a lovely area for a picnic with the lake surrounded by attractive flora and fauna. Look out for little sailboats and various wildfowl on the lake and fish in the water. View Full Details>>
Stourhead2 miles (2.5 km)The1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate has miles of lovely walking trails to try.You can follow the well surfaced footpaths around the stunning lake and into the surrounding woodlands, parkland and gardens. There is a collection of exotic trees which look wonderful in the autumn months. You'll also pass some classical architecture including temples, mystical grottoes and the beautiful arched bridge over the lake. View Full Details>>
Wessex Ridgeway Trail62 miles (100 km)Follow the Wessex Ridgeway Trail and enjoy specatular views of the Dorset countryside on this shared walking and cycling path. View Full Details>>
White Sheet Hill4 miles (7 km)Climb to the 245m (804ft) summit of this hill in Wiltshire and enjoy wonderful views over the Stourhead Estate and the surrounding countryside. The hill is located about 2 miles to the east of Stourton. You can park at the Stourhead estate National Trust car park and follow footpaths to Drove Lodge before picking up a track to the hill. The area is covered with rare and protected fauna and flora including various wildflowers, several species of orchid, the chalkhill blue butterfly and the golden plover.It is also of archaeological significance with an Iron Age Hill Fort, neolithiccauseway campandbarrows. The views over the Cranborne Chase AONB and the Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire countrsyside are extensive. View Full Details>>
Win Green Hill2 miles (2.5 km)Climb to the highest point in the Cranborne Chase AONB and enjoy wonderful views over Shaftesbury, Salisbury Plain, Glastonbury Tor, the Mendips, the Quantocks, the Purbecks and the south coast. View Full Details>>
Wylye Way33 miles (53 km)Follow the River Wylye through Wiltshire on this interesting and varied walk. View Full Details>>

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