An ocean of grassland and a sweep of big sky. Ancient monuments loom out of the mist; camouflaged soldiers crouch in the undergrowth. Salisbury Plain is a landscape of extremes. It is the largest remaining area of chalk grassland in Northwest Europe and home to 2,300 prehistoric sites yet also the largest military training area on British soil.
You may be surprised to discover that the presence of the military has benefitted archaeological sites and natural habitats. The walk follows public footpaths that penetrate deep into the heart of the military training area taking you out of your comfort zone and to experience a totally new kind of landscape (don’t worry, it’s safe and legal).
Walk along the largest prehistoric long barrow in Britain to a 20th century East German village. Hunt in puddles for a tiny translucent shrimp and look out for the largest bird species in Europe. The extremes of Salisbury Plain sit side by side. Use this spectacular landscape to stretch your legs, blow away the cobwebs and fire the imagination.
A moderate walk around the undulating chalk grasslands mainly on gravel tracks and grass paths
- Suitable for:
The possibility of seeing tanks and soldiers should appeal to children
The MOD advises to keep dogs under close control around the military training area
- South West England
- Hidden landscapes Preserving the landscape Exploiting the landscape Prehistoric landscapes
- Tilshead Garage
- Tilshead village
- Getting there:
Served by local buses running between Devizes and Salisbury (limited service)
Located on the A360 10 miles south of Devizes and 15 miles north of Salisbury; also only 7 miles from Stonehenge