Sitting in the heart of Wiltshire approximately 12 miles north of Salisbury is Salisbury Plain. The land is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training ground however there are many delights including some Salisbury Plain walks to be discovered.
The grassland habitats of the Plain support many species of wildlife including the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly and the Stone Curlew. Recently the area has also seen the reintroduction of the county’s bird, the Great Bustard by The Great Bustard Group. Keen ornithologists can see the hides by contacting the Great Bustard Group.
If you are interested in Salisbury Plain walks then there’s the Imber Range Perimeter Page, a long distance walk which gives views across Salisbury Plain. The thirty mile walk can be downloaded here but is best navigated in conjunction with Ordnance Survey maps.
The village of Imber also remains a significant place on the Salisbury Plain. Villagers of Imber were evacuated during World War II and the village has stayed in the MOD’s hands since. At certain times of year, notably Easter and St Giles’ Day, St Giles’ Church in the village is open to the general public.