Through Hudson's Field to Castle Hill Country Park

Hudson's Field
Field edge, left uncut

It was easy to social distance whilst walking around Stratford sub Castle today.

Hudson's Field is vast and Salisbury City Council has been careful to avoid it looking over-manicured by leaving the verges uncut, allowing wild flowers to flourish.

View across the country park

From the top (Castle Road side) of Hudson's Field, it's just a 1/4 mile walk to reach the Castle Hill Country Park, now free of mud and with wide paths to walk or cycle along. The chalk grassland has had a few months to recover from the bulldozers' excavations last year and wildlife was in evidence today. Skylarks were singing, butterflies abounded and flocks of sparrows (until recently classed as endangered) flitted from bush to bush.

There are no gates to open or stiles to climb in either of these locations.

To reach the Castle Hill Country Park, cross Castle Road, (currently very little traffic), then walk up Old Castle Road past the rear entrance of the Old Castle Inn and in a further 50 yards or so, there are signs on the right to Bishopdown at the bridlepath/footpath/cyclepath entrance into the country park. The land was transferred to Laverstock & Ford Parish Council following the completion of the housing developments at Riverside Park & Bishopdown Farm.

Illustrated directions (PDF doc) for this walk have been added to the website:

More details about the Castle Hill country park are here

Planting for the future


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