Opening times for 5 December 2023
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Gravel car park. Bridleway along the valley side. Valley bottom is level but with tussocky grass making the ground uneven.
Just north of the M4, come off at junction 15, onto A419, Hinton Parva is about 2 miles east, via Wanborough.
A bridleway runs from the north of the property, by Hinton Parva Village Hall, along the eastern edge to the Ridgeway and Foxhill
Swindon train station is just over 6 miles from Hinton Parva
Thamesdown Transport, service number 47 runs from Swindon to Hinton Parva Village, walk south from City Corner to Bodyhorse Hill, the entrance is next to the Village Hall
The Ridgeway is a traffic free cycle route. Lanes from the Ridgeway will take you north west to Hinton Parva, where the property can be accessed via the Village Hall car park
A steep-sided chalk dry valley, supporting many species of butterflies and wildflowers, a tranquil place for a walk.
These are still visible on the sides of the coombes and date back to the medieval period to allow agriculture on the steep banks.
Many butterflies can be seen flitting between the wildflowers including Marsh Fritillaries between May and July.
Keep an eye out for birds swooping such as Red Kites, buzzards and those feeding on berries during autumn and winter.
A steep-sided dry stream valley on the edge of the Marlborough Downs near Swindon. Valued as flower-rich unimproved chalk grassland and traditional hay meadow. On entering the site visitors will glimpse a small spring fed stream bordered by hedgerow and old willow pollards. The stream separates the main valley from a colourful hay meadow.
The site supports 23 butterfly species, and several uncommon plants which suggest the grassland has a long history of traditional management.