• Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

Fascinating fact-finding walk along Shire Rack

Shire Walk THE County Boundary Research Group will lead two fascinating fact-finding walks along Shire Rack, the Dorset/Wiltshire border path, on Wednesday 6 June.

The two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, will take place between Garston Wood and Shermel Gate, along the footpath which follows the boundary.

Learn about legends, historical intrigue and the hidden gems of the area.

More details on timings will follow, but each walk will be roughly two hours in duration, although you should allow more time for free bus transportation to the walks' starting points. The terrain is slightly undulating and unsuitable for wheelchairs. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

To register your interest, email: rogergoulding@cranbornechase.org.uk. Don’t delay — places are strictly limited to 20 on each walk and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.


Butterfly Conservation will be pointing out treasures in south Wiltshire

A GUIDED walk is being held on Sunday 17 June in Stratford Tony and Throope Down, led by the Wiltshire branch of Butterfly Conservation in conjunction with the Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Butterflies, flowers and other wildlife of these two impressive areas of chalk grassland in south Wiltshire will be the main focus during the day, with species identification and downland ecology also covered.

The plan is to spend the morning at Stratford Tony and the afternoon at Throope Down. Bring a packed lunch if you intend staying for the afternoon visit to Throope Down.

Contact Nigel Spring, tel: 07981776 767; email: nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk.