150. Pepperbox Hill

Commanding the high point on the chalk ridge south-east of Salisbury, Pepperbox Hill is topped by an early example of a brick folly. Thought to have been built by Giles Eyre of Brickworth House, it may have served as a viewpoint for ladies following the hunt, a haunt for highwaymen and a lookout post for the home guard.

Surrounding the folly is a diverse habitat, produced by the scrub-grassland mosaic, supporting several rare or uncommon species including orchids, juniper and yew woodland.

The adjacent chalk downland is a significant site in Wiltshire for rare butterfly species, including the duke of burgundy.
— http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pepperbox-hill
 National Trust, Pepperbox Hill

National Trust, Pepperbox Hill

On Day 11 I visited Pepperbox Hill. I have passed the sign on the A36 to Salisbury many times but never visited so thought I'd pay it a visit. I've made a mental note to try and visit more new places during A Year in Footsteps so this felt really good.

Pepperbox Hill is located 6 miles south of Salisbury, just off the busy A36. The track that leads to the small free car park from the main road is uneven and bumpy. Once you are in the car park the Pepperbox Hill site itself is maintained by the National Trust. Free to enter it's a nice little walk with some smashing views and as I discovered, can get very muddy in the wetter months.

If you really squint you can just about make out Salisbury Cathedral...

A nice little walk that's made me want to get over that way more often to explore!


Every day in 2015 I will go for a walk. No two walks the same, every day somewhere new to discover.