Great Chalfield to The Courts Garden Walk
Great Chalfield, near Broughton Gifford, near Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 8NHRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Take a gentle stroll through some classic English countryside, a walk that links a picturesque Tudor manor house with a twentieth century garden via a Georgian spa and Victorian industry. A quick and easy walk that will refresh your soul.
- Bus stop
Start: Great Chalfield
Leaving Great Chalfield from the archway turn right and follow the road along the moat to the first corner, past the Victorian post box to a five-barred gate and a kissing gate, by a large chestnut tree
Go through the kissing gate into the field called ‘Pen Close’, and bear right down the slope to a yellow-marked gated bridge across Chalfield Brook
Pass over the stream into ‘Bonus’ or ‘Bunhouse’ and up the slope keeping the woodland, known as ‘Lady’s Coppice’, on your left, to the next kissing gate
Walk through into ‘Long Wiltshire’ and straight on, with the hedge on your left to the next kissing gate.
Pass through the gate into ‘Lousley’ and, bearing slightly right, follow the path down the slope towards the old Tannery chimney and another gate.
Go through into ‘Long Ground’ keeping straight ahead up the slope, past a large ash tree and follow the path towards some large converted factory buildings beyond the end of the field.
Go through the kissing gate and and on to a track, still heading in the same direction.
Where the track meets the road, turn right and head towards the chimney. As you walk along the road called 'The Midlands' look out to your right for a recessed area containing an old pump set within a columned ‘portal’ . The inscription on the plaque reads: ‘Sacred to the memory of Lady Lisle and the Revd. James Lewis, the persons who patronised this spring and rendered it famous in the year 1720’. This dates from the time when Holt was a fashionable spa.
Stay on this road passing the Old Fire Station on your right until the road bends to the left. On this corner you will see the Glove Factory Studios. Stop here to visit ‘trust’, an exciting new National Trust shop, situated opposite the Glove Factory café, or carry on round to the left following a small stream, passing the car park and village hall and up to the busy B3107.
Cross here with care and the entrance to the Courts Garden is right ahead. Enjoy your visit!
End: The Courts Garden, Holt
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 0.9 miles or 1.25 KM
- Time: About 30 minutes
- OS Map: 173:ST860631
A gentle walk through undulating farmland on public footpaths (both on grass and on tracks), with kissing gates and field gates. After an initial, gentle slope, the terrain levels out. The end of the walk takes place on a pavement. In wet weather there will be mud in some places. Footpaths pass through fields which sometimes contain sheep, cattle and horses. Dogs welcome under close control.
- How to get here:
By car - off B3107 via Broughton Gifford Common, follow sign for Broughton Gifford (warning, narrow lane). Coaches must approach from Broughton Gifford (lanes from south too narrow).
By train - the nearest train station is 3 miles away at Bradford on Avon.
By bus - contact local bus providers for details of buses from Bradford on Avon to Holt. You will then need to look at the walk from The Courts Garden to Great Chalfield.
By cycle - NCN254 - on the Wiltshire Cycleway
- Opening Both The Courts Garden and Great Chalfield are closed on some days during the week in summer months and both close for a few months over the winter. Please check the website for opening and closing times.
- Toilets Both properties have toilets which can be used during opening time.
- Refreshments The Courts Garden has a cafe which serves lunches and light refreshments, Great Chalfield has a self-service covered area serving teas and coffees.
- Parking at The Courts Garden. Free (not National Trust), 80 yards, in village hall car park opposite, on north side of B3107. Additional parking is signed from the village hall carpark. No visitor parking on village streets.
- Parking at Great Chalfield Free parking on verges nearby. You are kindly requested not to park in front of the manor.
- Telephone: The Courts Garden - 01225 782875
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-chalfield-manor/