Morgan's Hill and Calstone Downs

MODERATE 1 reviews

Morgan's Hill and Calstone Downs is a 9.2 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Calne, Wiltshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 9.2 km Elevation Gain: 318 m Route Type: Point to Point

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This circular walk from Morgan's Hill Nature Reserve near Calne in Wiltshire enjoys the seemingly endless rolling fields and pastures, with beautiful views of the Lansdowne Monument, visiting a pretty village church and the flower-rich Calstone Downs along the way. It is a peaceful route with typical countryside surroundings, ideal for switching off and getting back to nature. There are two options for this route. Both follow the same return leg (along Wansdyke Path and through the nature reserve), but they take different routes for the outward leg. Both have moderate gradients throughout. Some sections can be very muddy in the winter and one stretch can be overgrown in the summer. The shared return leg has no stiles, just some single gates and steps, following stone track byways and then crossing some grass pastures (likely to be holding cattle). The outward leg for the shorter route follows a stone track byway, with no additional obstacles. The outward leg for the longer walk crosses two additional cattle fields, two crop fields (where the paths tend to be very narrow) and Calstone Downs (where cattle are used for conservation grazing) and includes kissing gates plus 5 stiles (three of these have gates alongside that are normally unlocked and the other two have gaps suitable for medium-large dogs to pass through). Navigation can be tricky with few landmarks or waymarkers, so use the AllTrails GPS map to guide you. Allow 3 hours.

9 months ago

If you want some miles under your belt then it's a good yomp. The start and end are scenic but the walk through Calstone Downs then up to and along the Roman Road is quite dull and seems longer than that it is but a walk is a walk and it's taught me what I like and unlike �

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