Oare, Wiltshire circular walk
Length: 14 km / 8.6 miles
Weather: Misty but sunny later.
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.
Things got a bit steeper closer to the top and I should have been distracted by the glorious views, but not today.
At the top I headed off towards Martinsell Hill fort along the Mid Wilts Way.
A bench with no view, near to the top of Martinsell Hill.
Looking to the east from Martinsell Hill.
Withy Copse, Martinsell Hill.
Near to Gopher Wood on Golden Ball Hill, looking to the Vale of Pewsey.
Another view from Golden Ball Hill, looking to the Vale of Pewsey.
Looking west along the ridge of Golden Ball Hill.
Paragliding was very popular here.
My lunchtime spot looking over to Knap Hill and the sun is well and truely coming out now.
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.
My path down to the Vale of Pewsey is just about visible in this picture.
Looking back up to Golden Ball Hill and where I had just walked down.
I walked through Draycot Fitz Payne and then along this bridleway. Bacon Copse is on the right of the picture.
This unusual building appeared, stood in the middle of the meadow, by itself.
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.
The last part of the walk leads you up a path amongst trees and spring bulbs that were yet to flower.