POSTPONED - Up Cherhill Down and Down Ranscombe bottom

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Mar 28

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Easy to medium grade - 8 miles with 910' of height gain on mixed terrain

This walk explores part of the downland which lies north of Devizes and Pewsey. It is an area of sparse population  deep ridged Hills and much evidence of early human settlement. The route takes us over Morgan's Hill and Cherhill passing the monument and nearby White Horse hill carving, and returns along Ranscombe bottom. 

The Cherhill White Horse is the second oldest of the Wiltshire horses. It is situated just below the earthwork known as Oldbury Castle. Very well placed high on a steep slope, the horse is easily visible from a great distance. It is the work of a Dr Christopher Alsop of Calne, sometimes referred to as "the mad doctor". He is said to have directed the marking out of the horse from a distance, calling instructions through a megaphone.

The Cherhill Monument, is a 38 metre stone obelisk erected in 1845, and stands atop of Oldbury Castle, which is a simple Bronze Age enclosure (1000BC) that was extended and developed into a hill fort in the Iron Age (500-100BC).  Survey work carried out in 1996 revealed up to 20 circular features thought to be the remains of Iron Age timber round houses within the hill fort.  These features, together with archaeological finds of animal bones, pottery and a weaving comb, all provide evidence that it was inhabited over 2000 years ago..

Photo credits AndyM except where indicated

Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but we do ask the following:
Please appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
Please ensure you adhere to the Countryside Code at all times - see (Keeping Dogs Under Effective Control)
If your dog is uncontrolled and strays in open land frightening other animals or livestock, the leader is supported by the OutdoorLads board of trustees to ask you to leave the event as this is not acceptable behaviour
We cannot guarantee that this route is dog friendly - there may be styles to carry your dog across.
Your dog needs to have the stamina to keep up with the group. This may be an issue on hot days.


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