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Gotta Love the National Trust

Free entry and car parking to most National Trust open spaces - here's where to head in Wilts if you want to get outdoors and breathe!

The National Trust have just announced that despite needing to close all houses, cafés and shops due to the Coronavirus, they will (where possible) be keeping as many of their gardens, parklands and coastline open, free of charge and making all dropping all car parking charges.

The charity is advising us to observe the government’s social distancing policy but acknowledge that being outside in nature is good for our wellbeing and Lord knows we all need a little help with that right now!

We’re blessed in Wiltshire with some great National Trust places to visit and here are a few of our Muddy favourites – just remember to pack a flask and a sandwich!

Calstone and Cherhill Downs

If you love rolling hillsides, breath-taking views and peaceful valleys then Calstone and Cherhill Downs will interest, inspire and relax you.

Lockeridge Dene and Piggledene

Sheltered valleys containing well developed ‘boulder streams’ of sarsen stones. A great place to blow off steam and not meet a single soul.

Great Chalfield Manor and Garden

A charming 15th-century manor house with Arts and Crafts garden.

The Coombes, Hinton Parva

The Coombes is a steep-sided dry valley formed from ocean chalk. Over 30 million years ago, continental movements caused the flat landscape to fold forming rolling downland. Spot rare wildflowers and a myriad of butterflies.

Sutton Lane Meadows

Three enclosed fields of exceptionally species-rich, unimproved, neutral grassland, managed as traditional hay meadows, near Chippenham. Two are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the other is a designated County Wildlife Site. With its fantastic population of green-winged and southern marsh orchids, Sutton Lane Meadows is one of the best meadow sites in Wiltshire.

Dinton Park and Philipps House

Enjoy far-reaching rolling parkland with tranquil views in the grounds of a Neo-Grecian house.

Pepperbox Hill

Chalk ridge landmark with far-reaching views and rich natural heritage.

Ps. As a charity the National Trust will see significant losses over the coming weeks too, so perhaps we could all remember their positivity and generosity next time we visit and make a small donation as way of saying thank you!

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