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Walk 8)

 

Approximately 3.5 Miles allow 1Hr 30 Minutes.

 

 Points of Interest.

 

1)     Attractive views northwards across the vale.

2)     Tree covered mound believed to be a burial barrow.

3)     Former footpath to Imber (known as Snail Creep or Nettle Creep). Used during the by the Home Guard as a short cut to their hut on Stoke Hill.

4)     Uneven grassy path running between 2 cultivated fields to a wooded spur which conceals a narrow dell know as Foxhole (there is a black signpost here)

5)     Here the road used to be crossed by 2 old bridges (know as The Arches).  The Army demolished them in 1967 after the land on either side became separately owned.

6)     The Old Camp (built during the 2dn World War) was an American Military Hospital.

7)     Victory Park is an ex British Army Officers quarters site taken over by HM Prison.

 

Route through Walk 8.

 

Start at the top of Pear Tree Lane.  At the junction take the stile at the signpost to the right and follow track through Hillwood.  After 200m turn right into the woods.  Where track becomes a path continue following the yellow arrows fixed on the trees (path rejoins track for about 9m and then reenters the wood).  Path then bears right to rejoin for the rest of the wood.

Cross over Marditch road (unclassified) and take the path leading down through the wood, parallel to the road.

 The path becomes a wide muddy track.  After a short distance re-cross the road and re-enter the woods by MOD yellow barrier gate and head down the track to the signpost where the track turns sharp right.

 Leave track and head on past the stile into the field.  Continue alone the path until you reach the B3098, turn right and carefully follow this road to Erlestoke High Street.

 At the fork by the Post Office, bear right towards the church into the Park entrance aqt the 2 ornamental stone pillars.  Follow the churchyard fence footpath round to B3098 opposite wide entrance to the woods by old lakes.

 Turn left at the road and continue past lake to the wide verge up the hill and out of the village towards Lavinton.  Go passed entrance to Erlestoke prison on left and Old Camp on right.  Road rises gently up Peasehill, with Victory Park and the left at the crest. 

 After about 350m, turn right at crossroads into Pear Tree Hill (signposted Pear Tree Hill).  Follow this road to the top, where the tarmac surface gives way to a muddy track (signposted unsuitable for vehicles) this take you back to the start point.