Great Bedwyn, Crofton, Wilton & Bedwyn Brail

Walking in and around the Vale of Pewsey

This circular walk is a gentle route, taking in Wilton Windmill, Wilton Water and Crofton Beam Engines, as well as Bedwyn Brail and the Kennet & Avon Canal.

You have a choice of refreshment stops on this walk:  

The Swan Inn in Wilton - a pretty and friendly pub right in the heart of the village, with local ales and good food.  There's also a beer garden for the summer and log fires in the winter - and The Swan is dog and child friendly. 

The Three Tuns Freehouse in Great Bedwyn is also child and dog friendly and has an extensive menu, beer garden, log fires and a fine selection of local beers - and is open from 10am for morning coffee.

Wendy's Community Cafe in Great Bedwyn has a varied menu and an outdoor seating area.  Dogs and children are very welcome.

You can also visit The Engineman's Rest cafe at Crofton Beam Engines which serves snacks, lunch and afternoon tea.  Closed during winter.


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More about the Vale of Pewsey

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) includes within its 1730 sq.kms. some of the finest landscape in England, including chalk downland, river valleys, ancient woodland and historic sites, with the Vale of Pewsey at its heart.

Great West Way is a 125 mile touring route in the south of England, stretching from London to Bristol.  The Vale of Pewsey is located right in the middle of the Great West Way, and is easily accessible by rail, road and canal.

This project has been supported through the North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund – for more information or to apply please visit

This project has been supported by the Health & Wellbeing Fund of the Pewsey Area Board at Wiltshire Council.