3.4 of 5 (9 votes)

The Pewsey Downs

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Wiltshire, England, about 14.30km (8.89 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 173m (567ft)
Descent 175m (574ft)
Max. Elevation 290m (951ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 348m (1141ft)
Distance 14.30km
Duration ~4:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 18 Sep 2010
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.

Walk Functions


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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.
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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 1.93 km (~1.2 miles) from
OS Grid SU092647
The path heads to Tan Hill on the Pewsey Downs. Join the White Horse Trail and follow it east.
About 4.19 km (~2.6 miles) from
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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 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
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Named after Beckham? After crossing the road, continue along the escarpment beyond Knap Hill to Golden Ball Hill.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
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I think we're on the Mid Wilts Way now. Either way, just keep heading east.
About 2.20 km (~1.37 miles) from
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At Huish Hill, take the path dropping down to the village of Oare.
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Finish in the village of Oare, and a pint in the White Hart.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from

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