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Smeathe's Ridge and Burderop Down

MODERATE 5 reviews

Smeathe's Ridge and Burderop Down is a 8.0 kilometer loop trail located near Swindon, Wiltshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 8.0 km Elevation Gain: 227 m Route Type: Loop


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This is a circular walk from Barbary Castle Country Park, near Swindon in Wiltshire. This peaceful walk explores the stunning Marlborough Downs, taking in a long stretch of the Ridgeway National Trail before returning via bridleways alongside typical Wiltshire arable fields and pastures. The view from the ridge stretches for miles around on a clear day and there is plenty of wildlife to enjoy on the chalk downland as well as in the dense hedgerows on the return leg. The route includes very gentle but long gradients throughout, with just one short steeper climb. As the walk follows bridleways for its entire length, there are no stiles, steps or kissing gates to negotiate, just a few simple bridle gates. The ridge top path on the outward leg is firm and wide, but the lower bridleways on the return leg are much narrower and can be a bit overgrown in the summer months and very muddy in winter. You will be sharing three of the fields with dairy cattle, but the paths are well-walked (particularly the National Trail). There are picnic tables and toilets within the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2.5 hours.

3 months ago

A triangular walk with three distinct sides. The good ridge walk, the overgrown Millennium trail and finally the clay shoot/road. Wear trousers / gators for Millennium Trail in summer. Stout boots so as not to turn the ankle. A wind proof jacket for the ridge. It took us 1 hour 50. The ridge is lovely, big skies and the rolling ridgeway.

3 months ago

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