Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

Start: Oare

Finish: Oare

Length: 14 km / 8.6 miles

Weather: Misty but sunny later.

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This walk didn't start off very well: firstly I smashed my head on a low door frame at my B&B, that left me with two nasty gashes on top of my head and doubts that I would even start the walk.

Then, unfortunately, most of the walk was done under a blanket of fog and gloom. However, I am reliably informed the rest of the UK had nothing but blue skies and sun.

I parked in Oare, walked up Pound Lane and then started my walk up the Giant's Grave, in the mist.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

Things got a bit steeper closer to the top and I should have been distracted by the glorious views, but not today.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

At the top I headed off towards Martinsell Hill fort along the Mid Wilts Way.

giants grave circular walk

 

A bench with no view, near to the top of Martinsell Hill.

Martinsell Hill circular walk

 

Looking to the east from Martinsell Hill.

Martinsell Hill

 

Withy Copse, Martinsell Hill.

Withy Copse Wiltshire circular walk

 

Huish Hill.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

Near to Gopher Wood on Golden Ball Hill, looking to the Vale of Pewsey.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

Another view from Golden Ball Hill, looking to the Vale of Pewsey.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

Looking west along the ridge of Golden Ball Hill.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

Paragliding was very popular here.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

My lunchtime spot looking over to Knap Hill and the sun is well and truely coming out now.

Knap Hill, Wiltshire circular walk

 

My plan was to head straight down into the vale from my lunchtime spot, but because the sun had burnt away the mist, I decided to back track along Golden Ball Hill to enjoy the views.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

My path down to the Vale of Pewsey is just about visible in this picture.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

Looking back up to Golden Ball Hill and where I had just walked down.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

I walked through Draycot Fitz Payne and then along this bridleway. Bacon Copse is on the right of the picture.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

This unusual building appeared, stood in the middle of the meadow, by itself.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

A more dramatic view of it through an avenue of trees.

A bit of research gave me the following information: Oare Tea House Pavilion is a summer house, completed in 2003 or the businessman Henry Keswick and his wife, who live at Oare House. Some summer house.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk

 

The last part of the walk leads you up a path amongst trees and spring bulbs that were yet to flower.

Oare, Wiltshire circular walk