a real epic day out

Submitted by: Trevor
Start: Overton hill
Finish: Overton hill
Direction: north
Distance: 61.8 Km
Rating: Medium
Description: A Marlborough Downs route of epic proportions, starting off at Overton hill near West Kennet, there is plenty of free parking here, heading north along the ridgeway up to the Five Finger Post, then head east along Green Street across the gallops then down a nice fast hill with a sharp left at the bottom keeping to the track, there are big boulders to the right side of the track so be carefull! on up the hill to the taking a north westerly route along the White Horse Trail through New Totterdown Woods, also known as Boggy Woods, follow the trail back onto the Ridgeway all the way to Barbury Castle, taking a loop of the outer wall is a bit of fun, follow the trail through the carpark passing Four Mile Clump woods and on down the hill, turn south east at the fork then east at the barn, keep the barn to your right, follow the trail down quite a steep hill into Ogbourn St. Andrew, follow the bridleway to Hallam and back onto the Ridgeway trail down to Southend, cross the A346 following the ridgeway all the way to the top of the hill crossing the Roman Road, at the top head North towards Liddington Castle following the ridgeway to the bottom of Fox Hill, heat south east now along the roman road under the M4 then turning towards Aldbourne, a short distance along this road turn off east and follow the track up through the woods to Sugar Hill, this is a very nice descent but can be very slippery if wet, cross the road at the bottom and head back up to the ridgeway keep going past Chase woods farm and down into Moores woods, there is alot of loose flint and can be a bit sketchy here, take a south easterly at the end of the track following the road up to the farm doing a small loop before getting on to Poulton down follow the trail down to the A346 again, this descent is very fast full of tree roots, gulleys and loose flint, very slippery in the wet but lots of fun when dry, you will have a smile on your face at the bottom!!, cross the road into Ogbourne Maizey and follow the track that takes you back up to the Four mile clump, take the south fork down to Old Eagle and then onto Rockley, at the end of the village head south up through some woods to Manton down following the track back to the carpark
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Darren Massey

    Trev, what about the Ol’ fella in the Bacon buttey Van? Ya cant miss him out, although he aint there on weekends

  2. Trevor

    ok, whilst you still have the smile on your face after the descent from Poulton Down, we know this descent as “rooty tooty” instead of crossing the A346 head south towards Marlborough and either in the first layby on the left (300m) or the next on the right (1/4 mile), you will find LOUIE in his refreshment van where you will be able to purchase a very nice bacon roll and a cup of tea for the bargain price of £2.50
    but like Darren mentioned, he is only there during the week, NOT WEEKENDS !
    We all miss Castle Cafe!!!

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