Calstone Combes

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SMALLGRAIN PLANTATION PICNIC SITE to CALSTONE COMBES

Waypoint
Map Reference Bearing
START SU 0192 6714 85

WP1

SU 2720 6719

33

WP2 SU 0272 6800 01
WP3 SU 0270 6831 79
WP4 SU 0348 6851 97
WP5
SU 0427 6846
104
WP6 SU 0481 6836 181
WP7 SU 0483 6802 167
WP8 SU 0509 6716 248
WP9 SU 0402 6662 292

WP1

SU 2720 6719

267

START SU 0192 6714 -
General:- This 5.4 mile route is easy to follow and can be cut short to 4 miles when half way round, this makes it an ideal choice for those new to walking. There are many great picnic spots but no pubs. I enjoy this walk most on a sunny day when the larks are singing and the real world is drifting away far below me. In winter you will find it very exposed to the wind, so dress for it.

The Wansdyke is a very deep ditch dug between late 4th century and  7th century AD. try Robert Vermaat's excellent website at www.wansdyke21.org.uk   

At waypoint 7 you cross the Roman road to Bath and waypoint 8 takes you onto the old  stage coach road to Bath, close by is the modern tarmac road to Bath. Why have three separate roads going to the same destination, why not simply upgrade the original, hadn't they heard of cones? Well lucky them!

We have had isolated reports of a notice on the stile at waypoint 6 saying you cannot continue across the field. The sign is illegal, ignore it. In fact the farmer should not plough the path at all! If it happens send a complaint to rightofway@wiltshire.gov.uk

How to get there:- Turn off the A4 1.4 miles east of Calne where you see a brown picnic site sign to Smallgrain Plantation at SU 0158 6972. Follow the road up the hill. At the top on the left is the picnic site. Be careful not to miss it, there is no warning and you only see it at the last minute. If you reach the golf club you have gone too far.