Walks

Maud Heath’s Causeway

Maud Heath’s Causeway 2½ miles / 1 hour OS Explorer 156 (Chippenham/Bradford) Interesting Wiltshire walks further afield this time – but well worth it for views and local interest. Start in Bremhill village itself (SN11 9LD) or at the nearby Dumb Post Inn (SN11 9JZ. Either way, make for St Martin’s Church (from the pub, …

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Lost Village of Snap

The Lost Village of Snap

Snap: Exploring England’s Lost Villages For several hundred years Snap was an outlying hamlet of Aldbourne in Wiltshire, its few inhabitants (never more than 40-50) eking out a precarious existence as agricultural labourers. 19th century changes in farming practice led to gradual depopulation and in 1905 Snap Farm and next-door Leigh Farm (now, confusingly, known …

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Devil's Den Marlborough

Devils Den Marlborough

In the Lair of the Devil The Devil’s Den is a stunning feature of Wiltshire’s ancient landscape, set in a beautiful location on Fyfield Hill near Marlborough. However, much like this walk, there is something of the curate’s egg about it with a few unfortunate aspects to offset the good parts. The Den originally formed …

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A Horse and a Smithy

Wiltshire Walk: White Horse, Pubs, Views! A Horse and a Smithy  – 3-5 miles/4-8 km – 1-2 hours – OS Explorer 170 – Vale of White Horse Uffington’s famous White Horse needs little introduction – some 3000 years old, its minimalist design is instantly recognisable and unlike any other chalk figure in the world.  Indeed, …

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Murder Most Local

Berkshire Walk: It’s a Murder Most Local 5 miles/2 hours – OS Explorer 158 Newbury & Hungerford In December 1876, two policemen on night patrol outside Hungerford surprised a gang of poachers at Folly Cross.  During the ensuing scuffle, Inspector Joseph Drewett was fatally shot and Constable Thomas Shorter was bludgeoned to death.  Four members …

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