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Fonthill Lake Walk

LOCALITY: Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
TERRAIN: Medium
OS MAP: Warminster & Trowbridge

Walk description:

Fonthill lake Walk is a peaceful lakeside walk, which is generally very quiet. There is plenty of wildlife to see.

To get to Fonthill Lakes, drive eastward along the A303. Then either just before Chicklade or as you drive through Chicklade, turn right towards Hindon. Drive through Hindon, towards Fonthill Bishop, along the B3089.

Just before the signs for Fonthill Bishop turn right at a road triangle. In front of you, there is an impressive archway. Drive through here and about 0.6 miles further up the road you will come to a small lay by on your left. This is the limited parking for the walk.


From the lay by, go through the open access fence, and walk along a compact mud path. Follow the path around to the right, keeping the lake on your left. You will come to a large metal gate, with a small metal gate next to it.

Go through either gate, and continue along a gravel/grass path. You will then come to an open access fence. Go through, and go straight on across a field to a gate.

Go through the gate and turn left down a solid track. You will come to a bridge, which act as a Dam for the lake. You can either turn around, and retrace your route to the lay-by, or you can continue and turn right just past the bridge. There are arrows signs showing the footpath route.

You will come to a large metal gate, with a smaller kissing gate next to it. Go through the gate and head down towards the river. From here you will have a good view of the water cascading down to the river. You then need to turn around and retrace your route back to the lay-by, as from here the route has stiles.

This is a lovely walk that would be better suited to an all terrain buggy. Wheelchairs would be able to do the first part of the walk, but then would find the terrain difficult. However, when wet this walk would be difficult for any type of buggy, due to parts of the routes being very muddy.


Additional notes:

There is a lovely pub about 1/4 mile up the road for a quick pint!

The nearest village with any shops etc. is Tisbury which is about 2 miles away.


23/10/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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