Shire Rack and Garston Wood – W23

Distance:  3.1 miles / 5 km Time needed: Approx 1.5 hours Terrain: Woodland paths (can be uneven due to tree roots) field margins and grassy paths, gravel tracks and quiet country lanes. Some sections can be muddy after wet weather. Gentle inclines and one short steeper downhill section.


Circular route exploring the Shire Rack, along the Wiltshire and Dorset County border

Incorporating a section of the RSPB Garston Wood reserve, this lovely circular walk follows the historic boundary between Dorset and Wiltshire, known as the Shire Rack.
Discover wonderful woodland birds and plants and historic boundary markers.

This is one of the Chase & Chalke walks from the Ancient Ways projects and was created in partnership with the RSPB.  With thanks to the Dorset Boundary Group for their expert knowledge, advice and enthusiasm.

These walks were created as part of the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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 Start / Finish

RSPB Garston Wood car park