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South Of England

£495 for a car with two people

Grade: 1 to 2

Near army training villageThis week long adventure has some of the most beautiful and challenging lanes available in England. On the way you will feel the touch of our ancestors as you gaze out across the Dorset landscape from Eggardon Hill and look on, also in awe at the ring of stones circuling the village of Avebury. You will also marvel at the industry of the iron age burial mounds that you will see alongside many of the lanes that we are travelling on. The variety of tracks mirrors the incredible variety of the English countryside. On Salisbury Plain chalk and flint tracks cross rolling hills of farmland, whilst in Devon the tracks run between high banks and forested hills. Our journey through Exmoor takes in the historic Stone Age river crossing at Tarr Steps.

Because this adventure is running during July/August we will be camping. Mostly at high quality campsites but also for one night of wild camping.

This is an excellent route for all types of off road car

Route Outline

Salisbury Plain

Sunday:Day 1: Woodbridge Inn Campsite

Your adventure starts at The Woodbridge Inn Campsite where you will meet Neil and Louise from Impala from 1300 for a briefing about the week’s adventure. You will also receive one of our unique road book’s for the afternoons off road route. This route will centre on the lanes that surround the pre-historic stone‘s that encircle Avebury before you arrive back at the campsite at The Woodbridge Inn to enjoy a well earned pint from the bar-perfect!!

 

Monday Day 2: Woodbridge Inn to Round Hill Downs and Sugar Hill, returning to The Woodbridge Inn

Each day starts with a briefing as close to breakfast as is possible on the road booked route that you will enjoy. Our comprehensive route will lead you along the byways, Saxon roads and UCR’s (Unclassified Roads) that criss-cross the rolling hills of this part of Wiltshire. Some of the route will pass along the famous Ridgeway. It will also be able to enjoy that very important option of a pub lunch!!

 

Danger - Do not leave this roadTuesday Day 3: Woodbridge Inn to Pulham's Mill near Brompton Regis in Exmoor

Your adventure through The South of England moves from Wiltshire to Somerset and Exmoor today.You will travel across the Military Training grounds that have been used since the 1700's before joining the A303 near Mere. Some 60  miles later you will be imersed back into the narrow,steep roads of Exmoor. Pulham's Mill is a treasure trove of a craft shop that nestles in-between the rolling hills that surround Wimbelball Lake. We will enjoy Pauline's cooking for the first night.

 

Stuck on a Devonshire laneWednesday Day 4: Exmoor National Park to North Devon via Tarr Steps and back to Pulham's Mill.

We will hold the morning briefing in Pauline’s cafe, where you will probably find your attention drawn to the delights that are for sale and from where you will need to force yourself away to enjoy a fantastic day on Exmoor and North Devon. The water crossing at Tarr Steps is one of the highlights and you will cross it twice, once in the morning and it is the last off road of the day. Exmoor itself is a very wild place even in the summer and we will cross it on our way to enjoy a good selection of tracks in North Devon. The tracks here are narrow and steep, very different from the first couple of days on the chalk plains of Wiltshire.

 

Thursday Day 5: Exmoor National Park to Up Lyme and Hook Farm Campsite  via The Culm Valley

After breakfast you will work your way south towards Lyme Regis. We still have a couple of Exmoor lanes to enjoy before crossing the Culm Valley to the lanes near Axminster. There are a surprising amount of very little used unclassified roads here in Devon and you will find yourself dropping down off high hills into tree lined tracks that are narrow enough to have to “squeeze” your car through, this makes today very picturesque but also quite challenging. We always have an alternative route for any tracks that you may find to be difficult or too narrow.

 

Easing passageFriday Day 6: Lyme Regis to The Cerne Abbas Giant and camping at Mapperton Farm

The route today in Dorset passes the incredible Iron Age Fort of Eggardon Hill. Stop here and walk for a while and you will feel the essence of our ancestors who played their lives out here, high up in the hills. The route up to this fort is through an Iron Age field system and is awe-inspiring. You will not want to leave as you could gaze all day at the views out to sea from here. From the fort the route crosses the hills of Dorset, which after Eggardon you would think could be an anti climax, but it is not and this is nowhere more evident than at the Cerne Abbas Giant. The campsite for your last night of this adventure is at a friend’s farm that overlooks the sea from the hills above Bridport.

Saturday Day 7: After breakfast you will have plenty of time to wend your way home

 

Further Details

Pricing and next dates for this adventure are available on our Greenlaning Prices page.