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Name:Milk Hill
Hill number:2872
Height:294.3m / 966ft
Parent (Ma):2906  Walbury Hill
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Wiltshire (CoU)
County (CoH):Wiltshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Wiltshire (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Avon (Bristol), Thames
Watershed:Land's End to Dover, Dover to Cape Wrath, Greater Thames Estuary
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top,
Submarilyn, Clem
Grid ref:SU 10427 64314
Summit feature:tiny cairn
Col:147m  SU235632  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 173
(1:25k) 157
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Surveys of Milk Hill and Tan Hill (Final).doc
Comments:See Database Notes. Tiny cairn in middle of field may be inaccessible if crops present. 5612 Tan Hill is 0.25m lower.
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  • Wiltshire (1974) administrative county top
  • Wiltshire historic county top
  • Wiltshire current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 229 users)ByDate of Ascent
Martinsell, Golden Ball, Milk and Tan Hill from Pewsey Station - back to train over Milk Hill, Drove Road and Canal tow pathtrimarc230/09/2019
Walk from carpark to pick up Milk Hill, Tan Hill and Golden Ball Hill. Great viewsRamblingpaul13/09/2019
Good walk from nearby car park on road to Alton Barnes. No trig point so no real fixed point to aim for (with no GPS). Good to get third of the day.acolling12/08/2019
Anri clockwise round from the car park. Square of fallow ground one side of both the current and the 294m summit to SW. New agers in car park no problem while I wild-camped on the hills.Eddie12/07/2019
Walk on way back from visit in Oxford, parked on roadside in nearby farmland after poor SatNav directionspenbet22/04/2019
Car broken into so beware.softsquare05/04/2019
On own. Parked in Pewsey Downs car park, mega potholes! NW along bridleway 'Tan Hill Way', then S along White Horse Trail until directly W of cultivated field to take shortest route to summit, tricky barbed wire topped fence. Able to keep in tractor wheel gaps to avoid walking on young crops growing there. No sign of small cairn, assume ploughed over. GPS used to find true summit of fairly flat field. Hang gliders watched from Milk Hill. Return paths across rolling grassy chalk downs above White Horse Hill figure. Very pleasant walk with good views.Beeliner21/03/2019
Oare - Martinsell Hill - Golden Ball Hill - Milk Hill - Tan Hill - Woodborough Hill - Pewsey. Lovely hills but very windy.Mark Jackson16/03/2019
Started from the car park. Up via the Wansdyke and back via the tumuli above the white horse. Copious mince pies and gingerbread kept our 5yr old goingekm01/01/2019
Circular walk from Bridleway start at 156 spot height on rd. Then to Tan Hill and Ciffords Hill. With B and R.jenx10/12/2018
With Darrenkingabunyip10/11/2018
With Jenx and Bryher, no Cairn! Plus Tan Hill without its trig now. Walked up from the South on good tracks, made a circuit of it from the B road at Cannings Crossnordicstar12/10/2018
Parked in the nearby car park. Visited Adam's Grave, and walkers hill before heading to tan hill and back to the car park.Buck21/06/2018
On my way home from a cycling holiday in Wales. Left my bike on road at SU 0955 6265 and walked up footbath, wouldn't recommend this route as it was overgrown and then the cows in the field were a bit too friendly. Summit field had crops in it so no way to visit the summit without severely damaging them. Walked round field perimeter and also visited spot height at 294m (which I know is not the top).tsharp18/06/2018
Ploughed field on summitBen Tindal09/04/2018
Walked around nondescript summit field which was mostly surrounded by barbed wire. Tractor tracks did not quite lead to summit (probably around 2m under), but no qualms about counting this one.rlee504017/03/2018
Up via Walkers Hill (262m). Solo.Dangerous Dave18/02/2018
Circular walk from car park on drove track. Indistinct top in enclosed field. Cold late winter conditions with lots of mud.Argentum6612/02/2018
Parked in car park walked around the hill past the white horse then up onto the summit which really doesn't have any summit markings so used GPSjmistry8619/01/2018
Great views from Stwg2717/11/2017
With K. Quite a tour round this palimpsest of archaeological features. Saw deer near summit, which had been ploughed a year or two ago but is now fallow. Quite a mess.Ashley13/11/2017
Parked in the nearby car park. Visited Adam's Grave, before following the Mid Wilts Way. A gate gave access to the summit field, which was partly fallow and partly recently ploughed. Descended back to the car on the Tan Hill Way.Sprog01/11/2017
Picked my way through weedy (in both senses) beans, to reach the summit.ngthack11/08/2017
Getting to the top is a different prospect in the south when you are used to right to roam at home. Nice easy summit to bag before breakfast back at the motorbike rally I am attending near PewseyLizzieG05/08/2017
Lovely walk through the Wiltshire countryside, with amazing views of the surrounding landscape! Enjoyed passing by the White Horse chalked on the hillside. Intriguing site with links to UFOs and crop circles. Lots of Lapwings in the stubble field at the summit! :-)Gerry the Ranger21/04/2017
unmarked point in centre of ploughed domed field, essentially level, but HP determined by Abney. Metal water tank to N and copse to SSE lower. Hazy views, larks singing. Enjoyed the close up view of the White Horse and various ancient earthworks en route.Denise 21/04/2017
Walked in rain and mist a truly horrible day route used was from Jonny Muir's book of County Tops, if you are using this route just use the return leg it is easier to find the field in question as it is a fairly straight line from the free car park to Pewsey Downs notice board on Wansdyke the field is on the left. The high point is near a big tank in the middle you will need something to measure height or a GPS as there is no feature here to signify the top.WAYNE ROWLETT12/11/2016
Interesting 'reservoir'! Summit in stubble field.tim74730/09/2016
Either there is no trig point or I was on the wrong hill..!Mash201619/08/2016
9 mile circular trek from Stanton St Bernard. Finished by walking along the canal. Cloudy with some rain. Great scenery.Graeme11/06/2016
Gentle stroll up from car park and a nice circular walk. used gps to find top (297m at one point). Plesant trip.keithelliott01/06/2016
Long and beautiful walk from All Cannings, stunning views and flowers all over the hills. Top class meal at Kings Arms to celebrate.mcf01/06/2016
Another county top bagged with Joe & Tom, nice circular walk, summit in wheat field, amazing views all around.fnem25/04/2016
From Pewsey Downs car park via Tan Hill Way, part of Wansdyke then past the reservoir tank and over to pt. 289. Somewhere in between is the highest point. Finished by going back and joining the Mid Wilts Way (stile would allow a more direct route). Returned via the white horse and Adam's Grave. A good short walk on a very sunny day. An even better walk could link up the Kennet and Avon towpath and Tan Hill- this is very good walking country.pwheeler14/03/2016
Walked up from the minor road to the east en route to a business meeting in Swindon. Great little hill on a mild December morning saw plenty of wildlife. I wandered around the top which was very flat.isabelle04/12/2015
With Katy. John and Grahams hill no obvious top. Also went as close as could get to the old top!George Thompson19/09/2015
walk up from car park along white horse trail, then faffed about finding the top, which took me longer than expectedmapple08/09/2015
Solosimon and co11/07/2015
2/3 Walked along White Horse trail and veered off to topFergalh12/05/2015
Climbed again as we enjoyed it so much the month before. Brought Gramdma & Granddad along too this time.DanMaisieBex11/05/2015
The hill side is currently covered in flowering rape... but by following the tractor tracks I was able to 'bag' without damage to crops.M3WDD09/05/2015
Climbed with Albert the dogaussie196125/04/2015
We also did Tan Hill & re did the walk a few weeks later.DanMaisieBex17/04/2015
Tash, wandered round a field, nice.pigerg11/04/2015
An interesting morning. Rogue chased, caught and delivered a rabbit. Saw the eclipse from the top and met two pagans on the way off.maltose20/03/2015
Parked at All Cannings, then past the barrow to Cliffords Hill, Rybury, Tan Hill, Ridgeway, Milk Hill, the white horse then back via the canal towpath. Super walk with John and Paul on a brilliant winter's day.Richard06/12/2014
A wander around Pewsey Downs (AA walk- Alton Barnes)mickdavidson09/08/2014
The top was in the middle of a cornfieldedmundjohnson21/07/2014
Ascent with my family in 13.5 mile round hike departing from Avebury, passing Silbury Hill, and visiting West Kennett Long Burrow before following an over grown White Horse Trail through a field of rapeseed oil to the Wansdyke and on to summit of Milk Hill. From Milk Hill followed the Wansdyke to Tan Hill before descending on a track of varying quality to the pub at Beckhampton. Beautiful sunny day, came away a little burnt.VirtualMountain01/06/2014
Third county top of the day, after Hampshire and Berkshire. Parked in Alton Barnes and walked past the white horse and towards the summit. As is common with these southern county tops, the top is not at all clear. However, the field is planted with a crop, but a rectangle remains unplanted - which seemed to be the top - so thanks to the farmer if it was left deliberately!callumorr17/05/2014
Solo from the car park. Field recently ploughed so difficult to find true summit.bolton21/03/2014
Circular walk from carpark via Eald Burgh and White horsePete West22/02/2014
Not sure of date yetdunx200501/01/2014
A walk from Walkers Hill car park on a bright clear day, with Tan Hill, Donna J, Debs W, Susan P, Brian F, Rich N, and David ?Lou23/11/2013
Car park on brow of minor road E. of Milk Hill SW along path towards Walkers Hill E. above the White Horse Headed N. & through hole in wire fence & through a metal gate N. across field of stubble (wheat had been harvested) to unmarked summit. (Solo)gerrybowes27/10/2013
Used Jonny Muir's route, quite difficult to find the top, nice weather though.mcallmar05/10/2013
Top no.26. Train from Cambridge to Pewsey, then up and back walk via Pewsey Wharf, Wilcot and Knapp Hill. Cloudy with light rain at first but becoming much heavier while I was on Milk Hill. Distance 10.8 miles; Climb 888feet; Time 3.27.alan.65to7030/05/2013
Walked to the horse and then to the highest point, then on to Tan hill to complete the walk. Loz & Biblozinworcester05/05/2013
Day visitmagirob03/05/2013
Ian 'Sherpa' Douglas 'Bagged' for the 2012 Morris Lubricants County Top Challenge for the TCT.morrislube22/09/2012
Pleasant walk up on the downsnickywood111/09/2012
Circular route from knap hill car park.Big_T28/07/2012
Most pleasant walk from the car park below Knap Hill past the White Horse. Unfortunately the barbed wire topped fence doesn't encourage visiting the very highest spot but then the field was sown with crops as was the field at the top of Tan Hill. I'll make do with getting as close as possible.Newton Maximus06/05/2012
Glorious hills. The top is in the middle of a planted field. Two approaches both from the car park on the road to Alton Barnes: one along the scarp and the other along Wansdyke.AlexanderHoward21/04/2012
Followed Jonny Muir's route. Difficult to find summit - behind a fence and not on footpath.Stephan06/04/2012
A lovely area, well worth a repeat visit as no steep gradients.JohnStoneham01/04/2012
Walked circular route from car park near Adam's Grave, via Walker's Hill, white horse, Milk Hill and Wansdyke. Walked round middle of ploughed field; no obvious high point, but there was a wooden stake - no idea if it was intended to mark the high point. Biffin01/04/2012
Lower slopes seem to be poluted by high density flock of herdwick ewes. Climbed from the SE.Dugswell209/03/2012
found our way to the top through fog and snow. It made this relatively simple hill a bit more interesting. Though we did miss out on the views because of the fog.andytea05/02/2012
Me, myself,Phil Jones bagged this after a days work in Wiltshire. Started from car park SU 11547 63804 went via White Horse. Very windy (knees not required). Difficult to get to summit as new fence totally surronded field, finally found gate.BHMC05/01/2012
P at parking shown by OS. Up ROW to 275m then trough gate to top of hill. Went to grid ref but no cairn! 09:47chrisbien06/12/2011
Red sunset clouds, mild, calm, no crops, middle of field as per gps reading, good views.iangalbraith10/11/2011
From carpark to SW, then White Horse Trail. Highest point was guesswork, somewhere in large stoney field near an obvious strip.Aye Jimmy17/02/2011
50th birthday walkFatherTed21/12/2010
Good walking and the Alton Barnes White Horse to bootBazWylie10/11/2010
Walked up from Avebury, bagged Milk and Tan Hills, the summit of this hill is very disappointing just a big field it had a big pile of manure on top when we went up. County top should be Tan Hill.DanTrig09/10/2010
Walk with friends from Adam's Grave car park, up to long barrow, down to Alton Priors along canal to Stanton St Bernard, back up Pewsey Downs to Milk Hill, guessed summit position, back along Wansdyke to car park.thesweetcheat21/02/2010
Nice top to climb, just a shame the weather was poor when i was there.The Team01/08/2009
Long drive - short walk via Ridgeway.Overthehilljill19/06/2009
Cold windy day. Nice walk past the white horse and back along Wansdyke. The highest point was an enormous heap of farm yard manure!Herbert Anchovy13/03/2009
Picked date and time when the field was being ploughed. He was literally ploughing the top!destaylor02/03/2009
High point in middle of flinty field (dog not very happy), nice sheep.electricratman01/03/2009
This and the trigpoint at Tan hill in a quick walk also pulling in the white horse,this is historic county top number 50 (51 if you count Huntingdon,revisit there planned soon for the new top).asbown22/11/2008
Also 21 July 2010.jonglew07/09/2008
A field of corn marked the top. Saw my first crop circle on the walk from the car park.Dale&Jo20/08/2008
No trig point - needed gps to find highest spot. There were lambing signs on gates - in July!denzil5322/07/2008
5th top of w/end down south.Parked cp and wlkd circuit. Conservation area notice says permissive path goes over highest point of pretty flat, ripening wheatfield. Busy area, interesting views. Barge Inn on K&A nearby does good meals!martin & storm20/07/2008
Nice to look at from the west but a very flat top in a wheat field with no obvious high point. Nice walk however along Wansdyke to Tan Hill.(x)clivevilla25/01/2008
great views disappointing top in the middle of a fieldjohnfwoolley30/09/2007
Visited as part of a circular walk from Avebury. There is now a permisive path to the top which is a tractor width path between the crops.rhalstead29/04/2007
Fairly flat top but great views. Lots of sheep!The Gardener03/10/2006
Foul weather so didn't go on to Tan Hill as I'd hoped. Dropped large piece of flint at the 'highest point' grid ref but ground looked possibly higher to south and I found an even larger rock that someone had placed there.signyred23/08/2006
Indeterminate point in ploughed field - disappointing top. But nearby are superb views, a white horse, the Wansdyke, Rybury Hill fort. We also bagged Tan Hill just in case it's ever measured to be higher than Milk Hill. Great walk!wheresthepath07/03/2005
Milk Hill and Tan Hill With familyPeterD19/07/2003
Date approx - university digAshley01/01/2003
295 kms from Dover. Nearby Tan Hill has the same height as Milk Hill and is more accessible.peter22/07/2002
Parked at Alton Barnes then walked N in driving rain past Adam?s Grave and White Horse to Milk Hill. Reached the reservoir to the east of the summit and decided not to trample through the field to the spot height as clearly our heads were high enough.garyhoney21/04/2000
unmarked summit @ edge of arable fld, wide view. road pass to SW: bridleway then FP along edge of arable fld RHW17/09/1999
Solo evening run (with Tan Hill). Wonderful views of the Wansdyke.mikejacobs25/10/1998
Tiny cairn a few metres E of strip left by landownerwebmaster01/07/1997
Unfortunately guess work date as I'm not sure when I went there. Maybe in some old diary somewhere.vegibagger01/07/1997
Driving to Newbury for Far from help Course-collecting County Tops -first Oxfordshire and now Wiltshire. Saw hale bop comet. Climbed in last fading of daylight/ dark - no torch.Chris Pearson10/04/1997
Walk connecting from Tan Hill.arranc27/10/1983
when at raf colernebeorwulf22/05/1974
Highest point of Wiltshire ?? This was a nice hill walk from the car park to the east. We passed over the top and continued to Tan Hill - at the time a contender for the higher of the 2 hills. A walk around the path south of this top was nice.ChinnockCblank
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