Route - (Select Satellite view) and here is a Word File for easy printing (thanks to Carl Zalek)
Parking is available at the Recreation Grounds.
This stage is mainly cross country although the start is on road. It passes through West Ashton, Steeple Ashton, Keevil and finishes near Seend Cleeve.
The route follows the White Horse Trail with the exception of the first part due to the danger and difficulty of crossing the railway line. One person has been killed on this crossing so we have decided to avoid it and to cross the line using the Trowbridge Road.
There may be cattle in the Manor Farm fields in Steeple Ashton - don't try to frighten them.
This stage is characterised by old wooden stiles hidden in hedgerows.
Start at ST 911 532, Bratton Recreation Ground
Bratton Recreation Ground
In order to spread the runners out before
entering Trowbridge Road, this stage will
start by a tour of the field.
Be careful entering
Continue along this road
until you pass over the
Turn immediately left onto Capps Lane,
this sign had fallen over, so may not be obvious.
a quiet road, and follow this.
The road bends slightly left.
A bit further on look for footpath markers
crossing the road including the WHT sign
(blue and white discs saying "White Horse Trail").
Cross the stile and continue straight ahead
keeping the big trees slightly to your right.
Aim for the gap in
the hedge to the left of the tall tree.
Continue straight across
aiming for a big tree
and a gate set in
Continue along this next field
keeping the hedge to your right
until you come to another gate.
and continue along the next field.
I saw two lovely white horses.
Keep going until you reach
A marshal will be required at this road.
Turn right along the road (Bratton Road)
and continue along it on the left hand side
until it starts to turn right.
Turn left at this corner
and follow the footpath to the left
around the field.
Turn right at the top of the field
follow the track
Here you will
meet a track.
on up the hill to East Town Farm.
View looking back
when we were pioneering this stage.
After the farm buildings turn right
a winding track
(here, keep to the path on the right)
which proceeds on
down hill to ...
(don't cross this stile)
... a junction of tracks.
Turn left here
along the track.
Cross the bridge (plank)
and continue along
and the track across the field.
At the end of the field you will see
a sign. Turn right here
Turn right here
into Butts Lane
which leads into
Turn left into the High Street.
A marshal will be required here. This is a good place to 'water' your runners.
Turn right into Church Street.
Just before the Church there is a pathway
on the left marked
"Wiltshire County Council, Public Footpath".
Turn left here and go past the churchyard
to the end of the wall. Go through
the kissing gate marked with the WHT sign
and continue round the churchyard wall.
At the end of the churchyard wall go through a
gap and bear right to a new gate marked WHT.
Go through this and immediately,
on your left, is another new gate marked "Mid
Wilts Way" and "Wiltshire County Council,
Public Footpath". Go through this
and diagonally (right) across the next field
aiming for the trees in the corner to
Continue across the next field (you are near
the right hand end of it) to another gate.
Go over the small bridge to a kissing gate and
you will see a post marked with the WHT sign.
Follow the track to the end of the next field.
At the end there is a spinney.
Do NOT turn right through the gate which is
not part of the White Horse Trail but
carry straight on.
You will see an old large gate in front of you.
Next to this is a small new gate marked WHT.
Go through this and continue along the edge of the
spinney for about 50 yards before turning right
through a kissing gate also marked WHT.
At this time of year parts of the route can be
heavily infested with sting nettles and thistles.
Also beware that there can be temporary electric fences restricting grazing cattle in fields on the route. Gardeners probably know that nettles flower from May to September! The farmer has very kindly cleared the nettles.
Go back along the other side of the spinney
At the end of this field pass through a gate
marked "Mid Wilts Way" and along a track.
At the end of the track you continue along the edge
of a field to a wooden kissing gate marked WHT,
then along a narrow track to another wooden
kissing gate marked WHT and into a field.
Keep the hedge on your left until you come to
a metal kissing gate marked WHT.
Go diagonally across the field
to a metal gate marked WHT.
Cross the bridge and enter
the churchyard of Keevil Church.
Go straight through
and you will come
to the main street.
This is Keevil.
Turn right on to Main Street and
follow it as it turns left
and then bends slowly to the right.
Keep to the right hand side of the road. Do not use the footpath as it would mean crossing the road twice.
After the last house on your left
the road turns sharply left again.
Follow this road
and take the turning to the left.
This is a quiet road ...
Soon you come to
a junction. Turn left.
on the grass.
Parking will be in the field to the left (you may need to open the gate) with the kind permission of the owner.
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