Bratton's chalk streams and downland
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The village of Bratton is one of three nestled under the northern escarpment of Salisbury plain. The clear waters that arise from chalk springs have been used for decades to grown watercress and are an important and beautiful wildlife habitat. Our 'figure of 8' route will explore two of these from where they come together in the village and trace both their origins up through the valleys or 'Combes' onto the Salisbury Plain wilderness that is high above, from where there's some beautiful views. At the end of the route there will be opportunity for more refreshments at the village inn.
NB The route takes in some paths which are a little steep and slippery when wet.
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots recommended
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
We will be stopping at the 3 Daggers a deli / cafe / pub en route where you can buy nice things, or bring a packed lunch.