This walk is one of two walks in association with the renowned artist Anna Dillon
and aerial landscape photographer Hedley Thorne
. Anna and Hedley have an exciting collaborative exhibition in September - 'Wessex Airscapes' - at the Sewell Gallery in Radley College, near Abingdon. These walks add an extra dimension to the exhibition by taking us into their world though the historic landscape of the Nordic Wessex Downs which is the inspiration for their work and the exhibition.The Walk:
Our walk starts out along the Ridgeway National Trail from Streatley (Rectory Road). Historic downland tracks and paths lead us up onto the North Wessex (Berkshire) Downs to explore Lowbury Hill before returning via Starveall and Streatley Warren. This is a walk of billowy Downs, sweeping coombs and awesome panoramic views. Along the way we take time to discover the rich landscape steeped in history from the prehistoric Ridgeway, a Roman Temple, a Saxon Battle and a mediaeval rabbit warren! The chalk hills are adorned with wild flowers and home to hares, skylarks, yellowhammers and curlew.What will it be like:
Can I bring my dog?
- 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
- A fairly strenuous walk at a moderate pace with stops at points of interest along the way
- Mainly established good paths and tracks but rutted and rough in places and can be muddy after rain
- Total ascent 600 ft / 180 m - one long ascent and some undulation
- Open downland exposed to weather (sun, rain, wind)
- No facilities on route
Sorry, dogs are not permitted on this walk.Other dates:
- This walk takes place on Wed 28 July & Mon 9 August.
- You might also like our Wessex Airscapes Walk 1: Juniper Valley & Lowbury Hill - up from Aston Tirrold (8 miles / 13 km) on Thurs 22 July & Sat 7 August.
The weather in the south of England is relatively mild but can be changeable. We walk in all weathers unless we consider it is unsafe to do so. If we need to change our itinerary or walking routes due to weather conditions we will let you know. Please check the Met Office forecast before your walk, ensure that you wear suitable outdoor footwear and clothing and come prepared for whatever the weather! If you need advice, please get in touch.Participation Statement:
When booking and participating in our activities you acknowledge that walking, like all outdoor activity, has a danger of personal injury. There are many variables including, but not limited to, weather, personal fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience that must be considered prior to walking. You voluntarily choose to take part and are aware of and accept these risks and are responsible for your own actions and involvement. Please read the walk description carefully. Bookings and your participation on the day are accepted on the understanding that you, and those you are booking on behalf of, are medically and physically fit to take part in the activity.
If you have any concerns you should discuss this with us prior to booking and participating.