Checkpoint Zulu (Warminster, Map 143/878458)
The hilliest part of the route
climbing over Battlesbury, Middle and Sratchbury Hills and allowing views
southwards over the Wylye Valley and also northward into the closed Imber
(Triangle Bungalow Wood, N of Heytesbury, Map 143/929435)
- Head N on Prestbury Drive, crossing Boreham Road onto Highbury Park.
- Follow Highbury Park to T-junction. TR Woodcock Road.
- Pass tyre garage and immediately after speed bump TL.
- Immediately BR through gap in hedge, to follow path with hedge on
L and fence on R.
- At entrance gate to camp TL and cross bridge.
- TR at buildings on R and cross new concrete road, heading for hill.
- At base of hill cross fence and BL, ascending hill.
- BR near top of slope and go round fortification anti-clockwise on
- At far side of fortification at T-junction TR and head downhill.
- X stile and SO downhill following
FP to tarmac lane.
- Through gateway, by SP, and
BR uphill to continue uphill with fence on R.
- BR at end of small wood downhill
on FP across field to lane.
- SO for 20m then TR over stile.
- At next stile, by wooden SP.
- BL uphill keeping to L of
hill and Tumuli stars, following around to R keeping fence on L.
- At SP and stile SO for 100m
then TL at stile by Tumuli star.
- BR diagonally across field
to fence and stile.
- Cross stile keeping fence
- 10m after corner, by stile,
TL across field and SO at next stile heading to trees.
- SO on track continuing downhill
to bottom corner of field, keeping to R of field.
- TL on road.
- CP is at bend in road just
after military vehicles only signs.
An open section crossing farmland
then joining a track alongside the edge of the Range before dropping down
into Chitterne sheltering in a small valley. Unfortunately there are no
shops on route, just a Public House.
and head along road.
- TR at farm, past cottages
- Cross new road, climb far side and SO with wood on L
- BR uphill across field to
R-hand corner of wood.
- TL keeping wood on L. BR heading
towards location of new road on summit of next hill.
- TR and follow new road, keeping to L of it and fence.
- At far end, by wooden SP,
BL across open field keeping to top of slope.
- As slope finishes SO to top
corner of field.
- TR alongside edge of Range
keeping fence on R.
- After 1500m SO across track
by water tank.
- Keep fence on R for 1000m,
BR to corner of field and through gateway by end of line of trees.
- SO on track through clump
of trees and X track to path between fences and down to road.
- TL into Chitterne and SO for
(King's Head pub in Chitterne, Map 143/992439)
The Path climbs over Copehill
Down passing the mock German training village. This is one of the more
isolated parts of the Plain and extreme care must be exercised in following
the route as military training takes place either side of the Path.
Care - Do not touch suspicious Objects !!
- TL ( SP Tilshead), 40m TR
on tarmac lane.
- 100m after L bend TR on path
- Past barn, SO across tarmac
lane to track.
- At top of hill pass under
electricity lines and between fenced plantations.
- SO on track heading towards
training village 2500m ahead.
- As ground dips continue SO
keeping shrub line and fenced plantation on R.
- Keep village approx 300m to
left and follow road.
- SO road until it reaches.
BL round edge of wood.
track past NT White Barrow.
- After 300m TL on FP across
- BL by small outbuildings with
fence on L to road by Black Horse PH.
(Layby close to Black Horse pub Tilshead, Map 130/031479)
The route runs north across open
fields and parallel to the A360.
- From Garage SO (SP Chitterne)
on road to top of hill.
- 150m after L bend TR at tank
crossing (yellow top posts) and BR across open field to top of slope.
- SO crossing several concrete
- At fence/wall, TL and follow fence/wall for 0.5 km, then TR following
- SO at tarmac track and BL
onto main road, to junction after 100m. Checkpoint is on minor road
just to S of Gore Cross
(Gore Cross, Map 130/009509)
An easy walking section following
a narrow lane to top of an escarpment affording fine views northwards.
- TL, 50m TR (SP Highland Farm)
- Continue SO on lane for 4000m.
- As lane turns L to Army Camp
BR on wide gravel track.
- SO for 2200m to join tarmac
- SO past trig point.
- As lane turns sharp R continue
SO (SP By Way) on gravel lane.
(Coulston Hill, Map 143/950529)
An undulating section over mixed
terrain before joining a tarmac lane and well defined tracks. A short
diversion to the White Horse on Westbury Hill gives excellent views over
Wiltshire and Somerset to the Mendip Hills in the west.
- After 200m SO (SP By Way)
continuing downhill for another 200m then TL, off main track, X stile.
- 30m X stile on R
- Follow edge of field keeping
fence on R, X stile in far corner and down steps.
- TR on lane then after 20m
TL on track.
- By barn TL on grass FP and
SO to road, by barrier.
- TR on tarmac then after 50m
TL following lane uphill past barn at top and SO to gravel track.
- SO by farm buildings to green
- TR to X-tracks by quarry entrance.
(Westbury Hill, Map 184/893509)
From the chalk quarry an easy
walk along the edge of the Plain is followed by a hilly and open route
bordering the Range before dropping down to Warminster. Route is via Upton
Cow Down and Arn Hill Down.
(Warminster, Map 143/878458)
- TL, keeping quarry on L, and
follow main track for 2800m.
- As track becomes tarmac TL
over stile, by gate.
- Downhill by edge of field
keeping fence on R then uphill and X stile.
- TL on lane, after 200m pass
farm buildings on R and continue SO keeping fence on L.
- Continue uphill alongside
edge of field keeping fence and Danger signs on L.
- SO at stile, uphill to clump
of trees, keeping Range signs on L.
- At top BR alongside fence
to clump of trees.
- Past barn and SO with fence
on L, through gate into golf course.
- Follow path keeping close
to fence on L, past club house, then BL on FP downhill through trees
- Follow road down hill to TJ
- TL onto Copheap Lane.
- SO at roundabout
- TR at roundabout and cross
- TL Woodcock Road
- TR at bend onto Robin Close
- TR at end of close on path
between Nos. 9A and 10.
- SO keeping brick wall on L.
- TL at main road
- TR at bollards onto Prestbury
Many thanks to the Amesbury Walkers
- these route instructions are based on theirs that I found at http://web.city.ac.uk/~sa328/amesbury/imber.htm