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Parish Footpaths

Part of the old bridle road from Ansty to Berwick St John. Summer 2020

Walk the walk in Ansty!

The parish of Ansty has some of the most beautiful public rights of way (PROWs) in the county of Wiltshire – crossing varied landscapes including chalk and greensand hills flanked by clay coombes all connecting points of much interest. No wonder our parish area is part of Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!  ccwwdAONB

All of our footpaths (see below) are currently fully accessible and carefully waymarked.

Photo Map – Ansty ‘Rights of Way’

Current Information 2021




More local footpaths cleared of winter debris ready for spring and summer!  (posted 04-04-2021)

Local footpaths crossing the field slopes above Ansty Coombe and crossing into 12 Acre Copse and beyond have been cleared of winter debris by the Ansty Footpath Maintenance Group. This year has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of walkers using all of these paths due to the covid- pandemic – which is good to see.  The only disappointment is the way just a very few people parked their cars on soft grass verges of our lanes with no thought as to the damage they were causing and spoilt the environment for those who live here. Volunteers are currently repairing them. Click on the image to read more…

Ansty Footpath Maintenance season begins!  (posted 19-03-2021)

As in previous years, village volunteers, operating as the Ansty Footpath maintenance group and working independently because of covid-restrictions have gently cleared the sunken path (FP7) that connects Ansty Coombe Lane with Newbarn of winter debris as part of the usual maintenance schedule to keep our footpaths readily accessible for walkers. Click on the image for details.


Be warned that the Ansty Down Footpath is currently dangerous to ascend and descend after wet weather. (updated 14-03-2021)

Walkers are still advised that part of the steep ascent/descent of the footpath from or to the foot of Ansty Down footpath (known as ANST5) is very rutted and slippery and the advice is not to use the footpath until conditions have improved. The footpath has been unsafe since the end of last October 2020 and when the weather has improved and covid-restrictions eased it is hoped something can be done to improve the situation.


Local Information:

1 Ansty Footpath item 2020

1 Down Memory Lane: The Ansty Boundary Walk 2007

1 Ansty footpath items – 2019

2 Aileen’s Bridge FP8

3 Extended boardwalk to FP11 

4 Safer access to FP1

5 Be a parish landscape detective!

6 Footpath to Berwick St John

7 Walk the Walk in Ansty

8 FP2 Upgraded!

9 Ansty Footpaths Gallery 2017

10 Ansty Circular Walks (Maps)

11 A pleasant evening walk from Ansty to Swallowcliffe

Other information:

Tisbury Footpath Club

Wiltshire Rights of Way

Rights of Way Wiltshire on two feet

Wiltshire Rights of Way Map Explorer

Goodbye to ‘Lost Ways?’

Previous Ansty PC Footpath Reports:

Ansty PC Footpath Report November 2020

Ansty PC Footpath Report November 2019

Ansty PC Footpath Report December 2018

Ansty PC Footpath Report December 2017

Ansty PC Footpath Report November 2016

Ansty PC Footpath Report October 2015

Ansty PC Footpath Report August 2013