Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Circular Country Walk from West Lavington near Littleton Panell and Devizes - Wiltshire

A circular country walk from West Lavington village near Littleton Panell and Devizes includes the edge of Salisbury plain and the Wessex Ridgeway.

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WALK - 6mi (10km) ALLOW 2.5-3.0 hr depending on going.

Taking the A360 trunkroute Sallisbury to Devizes turn into White Street (turning three past the church) opposite the rather splendid Manor House. You can find some roadside parking spaces around the village with care but there is a turning place with layby where you can safely park without causing any obstruction.

Take the footpath for a few minutes between two hedges and turn right through the kissing gate.

At the next junction turn left and you will very soon pass along the rear of the Dauntsey’s School playing fields.

Continue on up the path to a junction at the top on the edge of the wood and turn right down a wide gravel track for a short distance where you will come to a T-junction with metalled surface and a gate on your left.

Turn left, upwards and onwards, on to Strawberry Hill where you will pass a green barn on your right.

The path becomes churned up by 4WDs when they come out to play and in wet conditions can become slippery. You are now following the Wessex Ridgeway. You can avoid some of this by turning into the field on your left at one of the many openings. Down into a sharp dip, beware if wet then curving right past some ramshackle fencing on your right.

Continue straight ahead along a gently sloping grass track and do not take the gravel track to the right. This pleasant walk up the hill will finally take you up to join the perimeter metalled track on the edge of the Imber Range at the top with fine views across the valley to West Lavington. There is a small military camp on the opposite side New Zealand Farm.

Turn left keeping Imber Range on your right with easy walking on the Imber Range Perimeter track (which forms part of the The White Horse Trail ) and very sparse traffic along the spine of the hill.

After about a mile you will reach a byway sign on your right pointing along a track between trees back to West Lavington.

Descend between the trees and along a deeply rutted track and through a small woodland gated at both ends but open to walkers.

At the cross roads you turn left up the hill and after about a quarter of a mile meet a tarmac road where you turn right.

This road goes past the village church on your right back to where you started.

Al in all this circular walk near Devizes is very pleasant, apart from churned up muddy stretches, but that is not a problem. There are lovely views across the valley as you walk along the top of the hill next to Imber range and you get a good feel for the remote fastness of Salisbury Plain to your right. There is plenty of wildlife and flowers to see with skylarks on the go and kestrels hovering at intervals along the path. All in all a rather satisfying walk through wide ranging terrain.

Circular Country Walk from West Lavington near Littleton Panell and Devizes