The Pewsey Downs

Submitted by Timwoods on 18 September 2010
 
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A linear, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Avebury , Wiltshire, about 16km (roughly 10 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. This walk from Avebury has all the right ingredients for Wiltshire - ancient stone circles, chalk downlands, and even a White Horse, carved into the grass between Walkers Hill and Milk Hill. Both start and finish points are on the same bus route between Pewsey and Marlborough. Just north is the start of The Ridgeway long-distance path, so you know it's a good place for walking. Start: Avebury , OS Grid: SU100698
End: Oare , OS Grid: SU158632
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 365m (1198ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 732m (2401ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 366m (1203ft)
Max. Elevation: 290m (951ft)

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157 - Marlborough & Savernake Forest
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OS Grid: SU100698
Take the bus to Avebury. You need to walk to West Kennett; the quickest way is along 'Stone Avenue', also known as the B4003, but a more enjoyable way to get there is along the bridleway running to the east across Avebury Down.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SU112683
At West Kennett, take the road running south of the village on towards West Kennett Long Barrow. At the end of the track, continue along the path.
About 4 km (roughly 3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SU092647
The path heads to Tan Hill on the Pewsey Downs. Join the White Horse Trail and follow it east.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SU103639
The path runs along the edge of the steep chalk escarpment of the downs. The south-facing slopes contain many wildflower species - I know, I had to count them for A-Level biology.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SU109635
Just beyond Milk Hill is the Alton White Horse. These things aren't quite as mystical as they look - this one was carved in 1812. What are more mysterious are the crop circles you may spot in the fields below ...
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SU121636
Named after Beckham? After crossing the road, continue along the escarpment beyond Knap Hill to Golden Ball Hill.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SU141645
I think we're on the Mid Wilts Way now. Either way, just keep heading east.
About 2 km (roughly 1 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SU155638
At Huish Hill, take the path dropping down to the village of Oare.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SU158630
Finish in the village of Oare, and a pint in the White Hart.
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