Walks in Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a great county for walking in - and of course walking is great for exploring the countryside, getting some fresh air and keeping fit! With almost half of Wiltshire being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and areas called the ‘Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB’, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you are planning some walks in Wiltshire. The area has ecological importance with protected ancient downland, herb rich fen and river meadows, as well as plenty of deciduous woodland in the mix. The area also has plenty of country estates with houses and gardens to explore and parklands to roam around.
There is also plenty of variety within the county of Wiltshire. Whether you’re after a short walk or something longer and more challenging, there is such a network of paths you are sure to find something to meet your needs.
Below you will find some websites which may help you find some great walks in Wiltshire and the surrounding area:
- Visit Wiltshire has a great list of self-guided walks in Wiltshire.
- Dog Walks in Wiltshire has a number of walks particularly good for those with four legged friends!
- In the neighbouring county of Hampshire you can also find a couple of great walks, details found on the Walking in Hampshire section of the Hampshire County Council website: Clarendon Way and the Avon Valley.
- The National Trails website also has a couple of longer walks which can be split up into shorter sections such as the Thames Path or The Ridgeway.
- The National Trust website has walks in Wiltshire through some great historic landscapes.
- The Woodland Trust is a great website for finding some great walks in the woods in Wiltshire.
If you’re new to walking, the advice is to start off with short easy walks over well marked routes. Most walks are graded so do a little research beforehand and be aware of what you are about to encounter.
- The Walking Britain has some useful advice on how walks are graded.
Many people ask ‘what equipment is necessary?’ You really need very little equipment to start off with, although a good pair of boots and some waterproof clothing will help with our British climate. If you are trying a new pair of boots, make sure you start with some short walks first to avoid blisters! The more advanced walking you start to do and the further into winter, the more important good clothing becomes. A good rucksack is always a useful thing to have and don’t forget to take water with you. Sun cream is also advisable if the weather is looking good!
If you are planning some walks in Wiltshire and need somewhere to stay we would recommend the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge. With its enormous picture windows you get great views of the surrounding countryside – what better way to inspire you to get out and explore. What’s more, their outstanding Solstice Bar & Grill has a relaxed atmosphere and great food - the perfect way to unwind after a long day of walking!