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Downton offers some great outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. It is located 6 miles south of Salisbury and just outside of the New Forest National Park. Downton is a prominent historic Wiltshire community that dates back to the 12th century. A thriving town with its own schools, supermarkets, pubs and businesses as well as a village hall and recreation grounds that include a football pitch, bowling green, and a leisure centre with a gym and tennis courts, it is home to a number of different nationalities. It is estimated that there are around 20 organisations and groups in the hamlet, in addition to a well-known village band. More than 20,000 people attend the Cuckoo Fair every year. The fair, which has over 250 craft and other stalls, along with live music, dancing, and other entertainment, attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. The hamlet is also known for its fishing, as well as for its award-winning local brewery and as a starting point for exploring the River Avon and the New Forest region.

GPS Track Details
Track length: 5.71 km
Total ascent: 74 m
Total descent: 74 m
Difficulty Level: 3/5 - Medium
Uploaded by: admin
Date: 03/05/2022
Hits: 7249
Overall rating: 6 (580 vote(s))

Car park location: Geolocation Latitude 50.939° N Longitude -1.737° W

In the direction of Godshill, this circular walk explores the Ashley Walk part of the New Forest, which is near Godshill.
A huge car park, heathland, forests, and streams, as well as a significant population of deer and ponies, make this a popular walking destination. It also has historical importance since it was here during World War II that the largest bomb ever dropped on British territory was tested, making it the largest bomb ever dropped on British soil. Craters, markings, and buildings, all of which may still be seen today, serve as memories of the area's previous use.
The walk may begin at the Ashley Walk car park, which is located somewhat north east of Godshill and is accessible through the Roger Penny Way. You may continue east on the trails to Cockley Hill, Lodge Hill, and the Pitts Wood Inclosure, where you'll discover some shaded woodland pathways. Following that, the trail returns via the Godshill Ridge, affording some lovely vistas of the surrounding area to enjoy.

Continue south through the Amberwood Inclosure and on to Cadman's Pool, which is situated on the other side of Fritham Plain and is well worth a visit, to make the walk longer.

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