GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Grovely Wood

6 miles (9 km)

Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this large area of woodland near the Wiltshire village of Great Wishford.
This route starts in Great Wishford and makes use of the Monarch's Way and the Salisbury Country Way to take you into the woods. Start off in the village centre and then follow the Grovely Road south west to the woods. There's lots of nice wide trails with beech trees lining the way. Look out for a variety of birdlife and the Purple Emperorbutterfly as you make your way around the expansive site.
A Roman road also passes through the centre of the woods. This makes for a good cycle path taking you from one end of the woods to the other. You can pick up the path from Wilton and head west to the forest, as an alternative route. It's a great area for mountain bikes with lots of additional trails to choose from.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then the village of Great Wishford and the surrounding area is well worth exploring. The village has a fascinating parish church with a 13th-century chancel and 15th-century tower.You can also enjoy a stroll along the River Wylye which runs through the village.
If you continue west along the Monarch's Way it will take you to Great Ridge Wood where there are more good woodland trails to try.

Postcode

SP2 0NN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Grovely Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Grovely Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Near the start of the walk there's The Swan Inn for some post exercise rest and refreshment. The fine old country pub dates back to the 17th century sits in a splendid location next to the River Wylye. You can sit outside and enjoy a fine Sunday lunch with a view over the water. The pub can be found in Stoford at postcode SP2 0PR for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

As you'd imagine the miles of woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk. The Swan Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles south east of the city of Salisbury you can enjoy a climb to Pepperbox Hill. The National Trust owned area includes a distinctive 17th century and some fine views over the Wiltshire countryside to the city. Near here there's also Figsbury Ring. The Iron Age hill fort is another National Trust owned site with good footpaths around the ramparts and more tremendous views.

Photos

Woodland Cottage in Grovely Wood - geograph.org.uk - 350709

Woodland Cottage in Grovely Wood

Its autumn in Grovely Wood - geograph.org.uk - 607357

Its autumn in Grovely Wood

Triangulation Pillar on Grovely Hill - geograph.org.uk - 619533

Triangulation Pillar on Grovely Hill

First Broad Drive, Grovely Woods - geograph.org.uk - 650724

A dog on First Broad Drive. The early morning sun casts wonderful shadows across the drive.

Woodland edge, Barford Down - geograph.org.uk - 484523

Woodland edge, Barford Down. A small patch of downland between Himsel and Appledoe (plantations).

Bridleway and fields near Grovely Woods - geograph.org.uk - 350575

Bridleway and fields near Grovely Woods

Great Wishford - geograph.org.uk - 490585

Great Wishford. A lovely view over the village from the A36 in Stoford. The church of St Giles, cottages and the green countryside are all pictured in this mid summer photograph.

Almshouses, Great Wishford - geograph.org.uk - 282960

Almshouses, Great Wishford. The picture is taken from the churchyard across the road. Next door to the houses is the school. The main road is the other side of the river from this village, which has allowed it to maintain a certain timeless quality

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Grovely Wood.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Grovely Wood.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)