GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

White Sheet Hill - Stourton Walk

4 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.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could explore the Stourhead Estate. Here you will find mile of footpaths taking you around an exquisite lake and through woodlands, parkland and gardens.
You can also climb to the hill from the nearby town of Mere, which lies just to the south.
The Stour Valley Way long distance trail starts at Stourton so you could pick up this waymarked trail to continue your walking in the area.

Postcode

BA12 6QD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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White Sheet Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Pubs/Cafes

After your walk head to The Spread Eagle Inn on the Stourhead Estate for some refreshments. The eighteenth-century inn offers lunches, snacks, evening meals, cakes, tea and coffee, as well as a great selection of wines, beers, and gins. There's also a nice outdoor seating area to relax in during the summer months. You can find the inn at Church Lawn on the estate with postcode BA12 6QE for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Mere Walk climbs to the hill from the nearby town. Mere is well worth a visit with a photogenic market square, 19th century clock tower, the excellent viewpoint at Long Hill and a fine 16th century coaching inn for refreshment afterwards.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks and the Cranborne Chase Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

White Sheet Hill (geograph 2912593)

White Sheet Hill. Grassy hill seen from the Castle Hill at Mere.

White Sheet Hill - geograph.org.uk - 909704

The scarp northwest of the top of the hill. The corner of the arable field is just within this grid-square.

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Aview looking west from the top of White Sheet hill. The cold war relic of the entrance hatch to the Royal Observer Corps observation post in the foreground contrasts with the neolithic tumulus in the background. Alfreds Tower can be seen on the horizon.

Tumulus, White Sheet Hill - geograph.org.uk - 909706

Tumulus on the hill. At the southeastern corner of a neolithic camp. The other signs of the camp are rather vague.

South from White Sheet Hill - geograph.org.uk - 951738

The partly cut wheat fields at the bottom of the hill give the impression of a seashore.

Byway to White Sheet Hill - geograph.org.uk - 417269

A view looking west along the byway from Mere Down to White Sheet Hill, the summit of which can be seen in the distance. The sign on the gate post read " Keep Out - Site of Special Scientific Interest."

Cattle on White Sheet Hill - geograph.org.uk - 417297

Cattle on the hill

Bridleway, White Sheet Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1334489

The bridleway crosses the Cross Dyke and then gives walkers and riders access to Woodland Down.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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