These rolling chalklands form the largest wild
landscapes of their kind.That is almost entirely
due to them being the principal firing and training
ground for artillery and infantry divisions of the
British Army. English history started here, with
Alfred the Great’s key victory over the Danes,
and ancient monuments abound with the largest
collection of prehistoric burial mounds in the
White horses are the Wiltshire icon.The tops of
the escarpments are moulded by the Iron Age
earthworks of some of the largest Wessex hillforts.
When it comes to walking, these edges are
key to wherever you are going as the footpath
network comes to a halt when it meets the core
of the military no-go area. Around this, however,
there is an equally vast area where you are
allowed to walk.
The ten selected walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles,
suit the needs of families, groups of friends or
individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer
walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area
– its people, its history, and its working landscape
and will help first time visitors to experience some
of the great scenery the area has to offer. Many of
the walks feature a pub along the route.
Rodney Legg is a prolific author and
historian who has published hundreds
of country walks. Nationally he is
active in the environmental movement
having been chairman of the Open
Spaces Society since 1989 and a
member of the ruling council of the
National Trust from 1990.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 11 7, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages.