“This beautiful circular hike through Cranborne Chase AONB takes in the historic Fonthill Estate, chalk rivers, castle ruins and one of the UK’s most sought after pubs.”
“This undulating circular Signature Hike explores the historic Fonthill Estate, described by its sale particulars in 1830 in glowing terms: ‘If Elysium can be contemplated on earth, the claims of Fonthill will be irresistible.’ The walk starts with a visit to the extraordinary Tithe Barn, now home to Messums Gallery. It continues into the Fonthill Estate, skirting the southern point of the lake before passing Fonthill House. The high point is both literal and metaphoric with a stunning view down a hidden valley to the northern edge of the lake. Panoramic views to the north then unfold as you head gently down in to Fonthill Bishop. Enjoy a coffee (or lunch) at the Bird & Carter before turning for home. Pass through the grand archway before enjoying the lakeside walk with a recommended picnic spot. There is also the chance to drop into The Beckford Arms en route to Tisbury. Tisbury Church is worth a visit and there is a good choice of tea rooms before returning to the station.”
Curator: Lisa Haycox
• A wonderful opportunity to explore one of England’s most beautiful estates
• Spend some time exploring the magnificent Tithe Barn now home to Messums Gallery and Arts Centre Wiltshire
• A stunning range of wildflowers and birdsong
• An excellent choice of cafés, delis, pubs and restaurants at the beginning, middle and end
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