This Wiltshire based village is located in a lovely spot in the valley of the River Nadder. There's also some good trails through the surrounding countryside of the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The historic village is very pleasant for a stroll with quaint old cottages, a 12th century parish church, an ancient yew and a Grade I listed Tithe Barn to see.
This circular walk around Tisbury takes you to one of the highlights of the area at Old Wardour Castle. You'll also visit the village of Donhead St Andrew and explore the woodland, ponds and parkland of the expansive Wardour Park.
The walk starts in the village car park, next to the River Nadder. You could also start from the train station which is close by. The route then heads south into the countryside around Wallmead Farm, following a bridleway towards the old castle. The 14th century castle is managed by English Heritage who provide an audio tour where you can learn about the castle's history. There are fine views over the surrounding Wiltshire countryside from the top of the castle.
You then head west along the Wessex Ridgeway passing the castle lake and a series of pretty ponds before stopping off at Donhead St Andrew where refreshments are available at the Forester Inn.
The trail then heads north east along the Nadder towards West Hatch before heading east to the site of the mediaval village of Wyck. From here it is a short walk back into Tisbury.
Tisbury Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Tisbury Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the excellent Boot Inn for post walk refreshment. The pub dates back to the 17th century and includes a good sized garden area for warmer days. You can find them on the High Street at postcode SP3 6PS for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk and the Boot mentioned above is also dog friendly. Please keep your dogs on a lead around the Old Wardour castle.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A couple of miles north west of the village there's the expansive Fonthill Estate to explore. There's miles of lovely trails to follow here through woodland and along the large Fonthill Lake.
Just to the north east there's Dinton Park where there's more nice scenery surrounding a Neo-Grecian house.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cranborne Chase Walks and the Wiltshire Walks pages.