Figsbury Ring Trail

Walking trail

Ranger's highlight: "The view from the highest point of the ramparts of Figsbury Ring looking towards Salisbury is amazing on a clear day - you should be able to see the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. If you are walking in late spring keep an eye out for frog and pyramidal orchids alongside the footpaths."

Along the way

Figsbury Ring is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the chalk grassland the rings support. It provides the perfect habitat for the elusive Glow Worm, which is actually a type of beetle. The female climbs up the tall blades of grass and shines her bright green light on warm summer nights hoping to attract a mate. Caterpillars feed solely on horseshoe vetch, found in abundance around Figsbury Ring, which is also a stronghold of the rare Adonis Blue. Volunteers help manage the land by clearing scrub and invasive plants, as well as repairing erosion damage.

Figsbury Ring in sunshine

Map

Figsbury Ring

Start:

Figsbury Ring car park just off the A30 (between Pitton and Firsdown turnings - nearest postcode SP4 6DT)

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The car park is located behind the village hall - keep an eye out for the red telephone box and post box in front of the hall. From the car park proceed through the pedestrian gate into The Coombes. This entrance gate can get very muddy at times but isn't reflective of the rest of the walk. Pause and look at the interpretation panel to the right to familiarize yourself with this small but lovely National Trust site. Keep left and follow the bridleway up the hill. To your right you can see a traditionally managed hay meadow; well worth a detour if you're visiting in May when it's full of cowslips. Stop for a rest and admire the view from the conveniently situated bench at the top. Look down into the valley and you might be able to spot the herd of cattle that graze from April to October.

End:

Figsbury Ring car park just off the A30 (between Pitton and Firsdown turnings - nearest postcode SP4 6DT)

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Figsbury Ring Trail

Terrain

This walk follows hard tracks, pavements and narrow footpaths as well as public footpaths and bridleways across farmland with pedestrian gates and stiles. Surfaces can be uneven and muddy with ruts and long tussocky grass. This route also crosses a major road and a couple of minor roads and takes you along busy country lanes so please take care. Dogs are welcome on a lead and under control as livestock graze the fields.

Figsbury Ring Trail

Contact us

Telephone
01672539920

Email
wiltshire.countryside@nationaltrust.org.uk

Address
Figbsury Ring, A30 near Bracknell Croft, North-east of Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DT

Figsbury Ring Trail

How to get here

Address
Figsbury Ring car park just off the A30 (between Pitton and Firsdown turnings - nearest postcode SP4 6DT)
By train

Salisbury station, 4 miles from Figsbury Ring

By road

The car park is at the end of a short track, north of A30, about 2 miles east of the junction with A338. Parking: A large car park is adjacent to a short, grassed track that leads to the site.
 

By foot

Monarch's Way runs along the south-western edge of the site, from Winterbourne Dauntsey to Middle Winterslow. Landranger map sheet 184
 

By bus

Wilts and Dorset 88 and Stagecoach 87 from Salisbury

By bicycle

Accesible from the A30, 4 miles east of Salisbury
 

Figsbury Ring Trail

Facilities and access

  • The nearest public toilet is located in Salisbury city centre about 6km from Figsbury Ring
  • Dogs welcome if under control. Please use dog bin provided near car park
  • Only suitable for picnics outside of the grazing season between April and October
  • Car park at end of a short track, north of A30, about 2 miles east of the junction with A338: Height restriction none, Free parking,
  • There is a National Trust shop in Salisbury town centre
  • Shops, supermarkets and restaurants can be found in Salisbury
  • There are no surfaced paths and the approach path to the site is fairly uneven making this site unsuitable for most pushchairs
  • Accessibility
  • A large car park is adjacent to a short, grassed track to the site
  • Access to the site from the car park is through a self closing gate, wide enough for a wheelchair. From the other side of the site access is through a kissing gate
  • The site has gently sloping open grassland, tussocky and containing banks and ditches. May become muddy when wet