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Shaftesbury and Gold Hill is a 5.6 kilometer loop trail located near Shaftesbury, Dorset, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 5.6 km Elevation Gain: 199 m Route Type: Loop



partially paved


historic site

A circular walk from the beautiful Dorset town of Shaftesbury, near the Wiltshire border. The walk gives you chance to enjoy the lovely mix of thatched and stone properties in the town, follows stretches of quiet country lanes towards the downs in the south and also visits the two main view points in the town where you’ll enjoy views stretching northwest to Glastonbury Tor and south to Melbury Hill and beyond. Of course, no walk through Shaftesbury would be complete without a stroll down Gold Hill, the cobbled hill made famous in many photographs and, most memorably, in the 1973 Hovis TV Advert. Shaftesbury sits high above sea level on a chalk ridge. The walk follows the streets and lanes heading south into the chalk downlands meaning there are several steady slopes and one steep section both climbing and descending. The route follows a mix of pavements, quiet country lanes with no pavements and a few field paths which can get muddy after wet weather. There are a couple of gates plus one stile, which is quite tall and has just a small gap under the gate alongside for dogs. You may come across cattle in one of the fields. Approximate time 2 hours.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A well directed walk with a large degree of variety and a truly steep steep bit. On a sunny warm day this walk was perfect.

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