Middleton Down is managed by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. It’s a lovely, quiet and hidden reserve in the Chalke Valley offering stunning views and the opportunity for some butterfly spotting.
It is a fantastic example of traditional chalk downland and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its diversity of grassland plants.
From May early purple and other orchids are in bloom and its worth a trip to spot these and rare chalk butterflies.
Please note that the reserve has steep sides which can be difficult to climb.