Marlborough Downs

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Nov 27

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A 10 mile walk on good paths with the occasional hill.

The Marlborough Downs are a set of grass-covered chalk hills that help to prevent Swindon from making progress to the south.  Being easy to dig, the hills share much in common with the neighbouring Lambourn Downs, in that they are covered in ancient castles, burial mounds and horse gallops.

Our walk starts at a free car park on the top of the downs, which gives the unwelcome knowledge that you'll be walking up hill for most of the afternoon - no need to worry though, as the slope is gradual and barely noticeable after an initial up.  The circuit follows well-worn lanes and paths down into the valley, with verdant views across the Kennet Valley and the Savernake Forest; then we climb back onto the Ridgeway for the occasional unavoidable sighting of Swindon.

Well-behaved dogs (and owners) are welcome on the walk, but we will be passing through some fields containing livestock - if you have any questions, get in touch by message (I don't always see the comments).

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