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Pathways and open spaces with long, tussocky grass and large boulders, uneven ground, steep sides. Stiles at access points.
Lockeridge is south of the A4; from Marlborough take the signed 2nd left hand turn shortly after Fyfield petrol station. The site is on the right hand side of the road on the edge of Lockeridge.Piggledene, lies north of the A4; just after the turning for Lockeridge
Parking: Limited roadside parking at Lockeridge Dene. No parking available at Piggledene.
Footpaths run from the Ridgeway, East of Avebury, to Piggledene and from West Woods to Lockeridge. South of the A4 local lanes offer attractive walksPiggledene is north of the A4, with a stile on the roadside verge providing foot access to the site
Swindon train station 16 miles and Chippenham train station 17 miles from Lockeridge
Connect 2 Wiltshire TL3 Marlborough to Devizesstop at the Who'd A Thought It pub and walk 0.5km South for Lockeridge Dene and 1km North to Piggledene
Lockeridge Dene lies on the Sustrans NCN Link route between routes 45 and 403
Two sheltered valleys, containing well-developed 'boulder streams' of sarsen stones.
The two valleys with their 'boulder streams' are a haven for rare lichens, mosses and wild flowers.
An abundance of flowers, including orchids, on the banks, and meadow saxifrage between boulders.
Windblown, lichen covered hawthorns and majestic oak and ash trees are dotted along the bottom of the valleys
This circular walk through Lockeridge Dene weaves through woodland and a valley filled with intriguing sarsen boulders, and offers the chance to take in views over the downland.
Sheltered valleys containing well developed 'boulder streams' of sarsen stones. Sarsen stones are of ecological interest for the lichens and mosses they support as well as geological importance.
The sites were purchased in 1908 following a public appeal and were our first countryside properties in Wiltshire. Prior to this, sarsen stones were removed to provide building materials.
Explore the ancient sarsen stones at Lockeridge Dene and Piggledene, and the wildlife that relies on them. Look out for the rare White Park cows helping our conservation work.