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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.

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Track length: 92.53 km
Difficulty Level: 3/5 - Medium
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Date: 20/08/2022
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The construction of the road was begun in 1731 by General Wade; it was not an easy task. The road is around 22 miles long and was finished in approximately six months, a feat that would be astounding even today with the advanced earth-moving technology that is available. About 500 men were employed on the project.

In subsequent centuries, drovers made considerable use of it to drive vast numbers of cattle to the trysts or marketplaces in Falkirk and Crief.

After the failure of the Jacobite Rising in 1715, this famous section of the military road from Dalwhinnie to Fort Augustus opened up the Highlands. Many Highlanders of the time did not like the roads because they seemed to take away their privacy and render them more vulnerable to the English authorities.

The height of the pass's summit is 2,507 feet, and it is located on the side of the approach that has seventeen traverses. Each traverse was buttressed on the outside by a stone wall that was between 10 and 15 feet high, and it was flanked on the inside by a drain. In August of 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart led his army through it as they traversed from west to east after raising their flag. This was the first time it was used in any significant capacity.

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