The best spring walks near you
Spring has well and truly sprung, and the forget-me-nots are out! Here's our pick of the 5 best family-friendly walks around Wiltshire that come into their own this season.
Spring has sprung! It’s time to wake up and smell the hyacinths, and get out there amongst the bluebells. We’ve kept things relatively easy in length (hikers we are not), which makes this round-up perfect for families wanting to enjoy a little socially-distanced stroll.
WALK 1 / BEDWYN CIRCULAR
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – mostly flat. 4 mile route. View walk here.
Good for: Lovers of forests, fields and farmland
Why we love it: It’s a fairly easy walk, and none of those pesky stiles! Gorgeous views of Great Bedwyn and the Kennet and Avon Canal, ending up back in the village itself.
WALK 2 / PEPPERBOX HILL WALK
Distance and difficulty: Moderate. 6.8 mile route. View walk here.
Good for: Lovers of butterflies – the chalk downland here is a significant site in Wiltshire for rare butterfly species, including the duke of burgundy
Why we love it: This is a wonderful place for a walk, starting at the folly on Pepperbox Hill and taking you across to Dean Hill, with gorgeous views over the open countryside to the southeast of Salisbury. Carry on through Mean Wood, which in springtime is thickly carpeted with bluebells, and on down into the village of Whiteparish, before heading back across fields and a gentle climb back up to Pepperbox Hill.
WALK 3 / BECKFORD ARMS WALK
Distance and difficulty: Gentle. The length is up to you – choose less than 3 miles up to 10 miles. View walk here.
Good for: Film lovers – the stunning lake here featured in the film Chocolat.
Why we love it: Utterly gorgeous views of the Fonthill Estate, a full ten thousand acres of outstanding beauty in the heart of Wiltshire.
WALK 4 / SALISBURY PLAIN – NETHERAVON DOVECOTE
Distance and difficulty: Easy. You can walk as far as you’d like: everything from a few hundred yards to 20 miles. View walk here.
Good for: Lovers of flora and wildlife – there is an abundance of it on the plain.
Why we love it: There’s a chance to spot the famous but elusive Great Bustard, while you take in Netheravon Dovecote (pictured) next to the historic Saxon church, walk alongside the crystal clear River Avon and admire the local Stonehenge Ales brewery.
WALK 5 / HEAVENLY VIEWS – HORNINGSHAM
Distance and difficulty: Moderate – 4 mile route, takes 2 hours. View walk here.
Good for: Everyone. Except those who’d rather be at the Safari Park down the road…
Why we love it: For a long, brisk walk with stunning views of Longleat House (pictured), this is the one for you.