Distance: 7 miles (12km)
Start/finish: Malborough Village Hall, TQ7 3BX
Terrain: Green lane, Coast Path, field, lane
Toughness: Moderate
Ascent: 234 metres
Navigation: Easy to moderate
Good for: Coast, wildlife, history
Lat Long / Grid Ref of Start: 50.2445, -3.8111 / SX7096039852

A glorious run along ancient green lanes
and peaceful tracks and out onto the spectacular coast path at Bolt Tail. It takes in a 500BC hill fort at Bolt Tail, and pretty Hope Cove, with its tiny beach, many fishing boats and history as a centre for smuggling. From Malborough, head south through Portlemore Barton before heading across fields to South Down Farm and then out onto the SW Coast Path at Bolberry Down. Follow the Coast Path around Bolt Tail and on to Inner Hope. Turn right on footpath signed ‘Galmpton 1m’, returning across fields and along Higher Town back to Marlborough. The coast here is a wonderful place to watch the sun set. In autumn the hedgerows are a feast of blackberries.

Miles Km Directions
0.0 0.0 From Malborough Village Hall head south following lane then footpath to Portlemore Barton, turning right onto track and continuing south until reaching road
1.1 1.7 Cross road and head west across fields to South Down Farm
1.5 2.5 At South Down Farm cross lane and head north west across field to reach main track
1.9 3.0 Turn left on track, then left onto lane, heading south down hill to reach Coast Path at Bolberry Down
2.5 4.0 Turn right onto Coast Path and head north west to Bolt Tail, continuing around peninsula and through Inner Hope 5.0 8.0 Turn right, following footpath east across fields, passing Galmpton
6.4 10.3 Turn right at lane and follow this to return to Marlborough

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