We set off along Slab Lane towards Downton, then turned right along Primrose Lane, climbing up towards the Tower House (below). Primrose Lane becomes Morgans Vale Road and leads into Redlynch. When we met the main road we crossed over and walked down Bowers Hill and Grove Lane, past the Kings Head pub, then turned into Sandy Lane.
This lane turns to the right, and we turned slightly left to take the footpath through a field. At the other end there is another track leading past Templeman's Old Farmhouse, through the yard and on to another track which we followed north eventually reaching Cheyney's Wood. The path runs just inside the western edge of the wood.
There were good views, but not very clear today in the low cloud and haze. We passed privet Farm a little way on our right, and continues north past a reservoir and a radio mast.
The path swings round to the right (northeast) and we meet the biggest obstacle on today's walk - the A36. We cross at the brow of the hill, but it's a busy road.
We follow the track to the Nature reserve, complete with Eyre's Folly - the Pepperbox. All boarded up and inaccessible. But again, fine views toward Salisbury.
From information online:
The Pepperbox is a hexagonal folly built in 1606 by Giles Eyre, reputedly so that he could look down on his neighbours. It may have served as a viewpoint for ladies following the hunt, a haunt for highwaymen and a lookout post for the home guard.
The summit - a mighty 157 metres high - is marked by a trig point in the middle of a rather flat, freshly ploughed field. We wave to it, but decline to walk over there.
The return journey covered the same ground, but this time with a stop for coffee at the Kings Head.
A good morning's walk. 8.5 miles.