Longleat, Heaven's Gate and Cley Hill (Wilts)

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9 miles and 1100' of height gain5- 6 hours

This walk takes you around parts of the 9,000 acre Longleat estate, and to the summit of the scheduled ancient momument of Cley Hill, a mysterious place full of early earth works and burial mounds. There are two amazing viewpoints to enjoy, contrasting with many forest trails.
From the car park a short stretch of gravel track leads to a spectacular view point at 746' amongst large sculptures called Heaven's Gate where  the Longleat estate and imposing house is spread out before us, with the Mendip Hills as a backdrop in the distance. Leaving the weekend tourists behind we will then skirt the edge of the Longleat wildlife Safari Park to cross the forest towards the broody and romantic mound of Cley Hill. We will ascend to the top and the viewpoint at 767' /239 m gives a 360 degree panorama across parts of Wiltshire and Somerset. After retracing our steps down the hill we will cross through Longleat Forest to the village of Crockerton where the Bath Arms offers the possibility of a refreshing drink. The return route to the car park initially passes a large expanse of water call Shearwater, a popular venue for anglers and sailing enthusiasts.
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