those who venture onto Salisbury Plain, few are left unmoved by
the expanse of wilderness that just seems to disappear into far
most of us only get to see this landscape from a moving vehicle
numerous warning signs and red flags, most feel the Plain is out
- the idea of coming across unexploded ordinance enough to keep
us in our cars and away from danger.
surprisingly, the Plain is very accessible on foot, with designated
public footpaths, particularly in the eastern section of the Training
Area where rights of way remain open - even during military exercises.
west, the Imber Trail follows
the edge of the Imber Firing Range Danger Area and is clearly marked
with waymarkers, following established paths and trackways.
48km (30m) circular route,
which takes the walker around the Imber Live Firing Range, affords
some spectacular views across the Plain and beyond.
MOD booklet describes the walk in more detail and is also available
at its website.
to the 'ghost' village of Imber, now used for military training,
remains restricted, but during Bank Holidays (including the Easter
Holiday week) the road through the village is open to the public
and the site becomes a popular place of pilgrimage for those keen
to see the setting of this, the loneliest village in Wiltshire.
for details of events during the Easter weekend)
those who are prepared to check the maps, watch out for the waymarked
routes and abide by the regulations, exploring the wilderness of
Salisbury Plain brings some wonderful rewards.
species of butterfly, including the Adonis Blue and Brown Hairstreak
thrive in this habitat, while ten percent of the UK's Stone Curlew
population can be found on Salisbury Plain.
burial mounds, tumuli, Iron Age hillforts, chalk carvings and battlefields
are among the diverse historical sites to be discovered.
from the chalk valleys, villages and towns, the Plain is a huge,
open landscape, where the sky seems to compete for attention with
vast swathes of grassland that stretch as far as the eye can see.
if you're looking for the big picture this summer, take a trip to
Salisbury Plain - but don't forget to keep an eye on restrictions
as you enjoy the view!