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Figsbury Ring, Wiltshire | © National Trust Images/Robert Morris
Wiltshire

Figsbury Ring trail

A varied and interesting walk through peaceful villages and rolling farmland starting and finishing at Figsbury Ring, a Scheduled Ancient Monument as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the chalk grassland the rings support. From the highest point of the ramparts of Figsbury Ring on a clear day you should be able to see the spire of Salisbury Cathedral. If you're walking in late spring keep an eye out for frog and pyramidal orchids alongside the footpaths.

Wildlife spotting on the walk

Figsbury Ring is the perfect habitat for the elusive glow worm. 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.

Total steps: 1

Total steps: 1

Start point

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

Step 1

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. 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 point

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

Trail map

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Map for Figsbury Ring walking trail | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013

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

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