Mid Wilts Way Itinerary

This one-week itinerary takes you along the eastern half of the Mid Wilts Way, starting in Ham and working your way westwards to the village of Martinslade, just beyond Devizes (the full Mid Wilts Way route goes to Mere).

We encourage you to occasionally stray away from the route (using public rights of way of course), either to visit interesting places or people or to have lunch or afternoon tea and so our suggested detours are included.

You can of course modify our suggestions, but be mindful of your own walking pace and when you have to meet your pick up at the end of the day.

The total walking distance is 48 miles - 35 miles of the Mid Wilts Way and 13 miles of detours and ramblings.

You can of course take this route at your own pace and stay a bit longer, or pick out selected days if your stay is shorter.

It's all about the journey, not the destination.

Click on each section below to get the detailed itinerary for each day and to download the gpx files for use on your walking app.

Daily Itinerary for Mid Wilts Way

7.5 miles of the Mid-Wilts Way plus 3.5 miles of detours

- 11 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am.

Walk the Mid-Wilts Way from Ham to Wilton.

7.5 miles

Approximately 3.5 hours

Lunch at The Swan Inn, Wilton - approximately 1.5 hours

Take a detour to Wilton Windmill and enjoy a guided tour (during open season - Easter to end September, Sundays & Bank Holidays, 2pm to 5pm) or download the self-guided tour.

Half a mile

Approximately 1 hour

Take a detour to walk through Bedwyn Brail - a beautiful woodland which is managed for its wildlife.

3 miles

Approximately 1.5 hours

End of Day one - meet your pick up at the agreed location.

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

13.3 miles of the Mid-Wilts Way with no detours

- 13.3 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am

Walk the Mid-Wilts Way from Wilton to Wootton Rivers

5.5 miles.  Approximately 2 hours.

Detour to St Andrew's Church in Wootton Rivers.

Following the Mid Wilts Way off the Kennet & Avon Canal at Bridge 108 (Forest Road Bridge), a short distance along the lane you will find St Andrew's Church on your left and very interesting it is too!

No distance for this diversion, just a short wander off the route.

Lunch at The Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers - approximately 1.5 hours.

Walk the Mid-Wilts Way from Wootton Rivers to Knap Hill Car Park

7.8 miles.  Approximately 3 hours.

End of Day Two - meet your pick up at the agreed location. 

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

Your chance to Experience the Vale - a multitude of one-day itineraries for you to choose from.

Heritage, history, canal boats, cooking, shopping, afternoon - so many things to do and see!

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5.5 miles of the Mid-Wilts Way plus 4.5 miles of detours

- 10 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am and we are immediately detouring off the Mid Wilts Way to explore the heart of the Vale of Pewsey.  

Take a detour from the Mid Wilts Way from Knap Hill car park, down the hill to All Saints' Church in Alton Priors.  

 

 

From All Saints' Church, continue your detour to Honeystreet Mill.

Visit the Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre and The India Shop.  Allow at least 1 hour.

Knap Hill to All Saint's Church:

1.5 miles.  Approximately 1.25 hours walking.

Spend approximately .5 hour at the Church.

 

All Saints's Church to Honeystreet Mill:

.75 mile.  Approximately .5 hour walking, 1 hour at The India Shop and Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre.

Lunch at Honeystreet Mill Cafe - approximately 1.5 hours.

Retrace your steps and return to the Mid Wilts Way (Knap Hill Car Park) to continue walking the Mid Wilts Way.

2.2 miles.  Approximately 1 hour.

Walk the Mid Wilts Way from Alton Barnes to Shepherds' Shore - we have allowed plenty of time for views, seeing the White Horse and taking pictures.

5.5 miles.  Approximately 3 hours.

End of Day Four - meet your pick up at the agreed location. 

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

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10.25 miles of the Mid-Wilts Way plus 5.2 miles of detours

- 15.45 miles in total

Arrive at Start Point by 10am.

Walk the Mid-Wilts Way from Shepherds' Shore to Bishops Cannings turn off (see Bishops Cannings Detour map).

 

2.6 miles.  Approximately 1 hour.

Take a detour to Bishops Cannings to have lunch at The Crown Inn.

 

 

2.6 miles.  Approximately 1 hour.

Lunch at The Crown Inn, Bishops Cannings - approximately 1.5 hours.

Follow the detour back to the Mid Wilts Way from Bishops Cannings.

 

 

2.6 miles.  Approximately 1 hour.

Walk the Mid Wilts Way from the Bishops Cannings turn off to Devizes.

 

 

4.75 miles.  Approximately 2 hours.

Take a detour and explore Devizes.

The Wiltshire Museum is in the heart of the town and has interesting displays and exhibitions throughout the year.

As far as you would like to go - allow 1.5 hours.

Walk the Mid Wilts Way from Devizes to Martinslade.

You will pass the impressive sight of Caen Hill Locks, a scheduled ancient monument.  Caen Hill is one of the longest continuous flight of locks in the country - a total of 29 locks with a rise of 237 feet over 2 miles with a 1 in 44 gradient.

 

 

3 miles.  Approximately 1.25 hours

End of Day Six - meet your pick up at the agreed location.

Click here for ideas on where to eat in the evening.

How to organise your holiday

By Car:

The Vale of Pewsey is easily accessed from Junction 14 or 15 on the M4 or from the A303, take the turning to Tidworth (if coming from the west) or (if coming from the east) you can take the turning to Andover West & Marlborough or turn off at the Countess roundabout at Amesbury on to the A345.

By Train:

There are two mainline stations in the Vale of Pewsey on the Great Western Railway - Bedwyn in the east of the Vale and Pewsey in the centre of the Vale.  The service is operated by Great Western Railways.

By Bus:

Go to the Bustimes.org for bus service information for the area.
Go to Salisbury Reds who operate the local bus services.

You will need transport to take you to the start of each day's walking and again to collect you at the finish point each day.  You may also want your luggage transferring between accommodation if you choose to do a multi-centre holiday.

These are all local taxi companies who do this type of work.

No 10 B&B
Farm Lane
Great Bedwyn
SN8 3LU
Phone
01672 870587
The Byre at Pewsey Self Catering
The Byre
Inlands Cottage, 54 North Street
Pewsey
SN9 5EX
Phone
01672 288643
Caroline Dalrymple B&B
29 - 33 High Street
Pewsey
SN9 5AF
Phone
01672 563067
Kestrel Cottage
Crofton Road
Great Bedwyn
SN8 3LX
Phone
01672 870659
The Stable
Hilltop
Knowle
SN9 5JH
Phone
01672 562498
Brail Barn
Brail Farmhouse
Great Bedwyn
SN8 3LY
Phone
01672 870377
Priory Cottage
Easton Royal
SN9 5LZ
Phone
01672 811953
Oak Tree Farmhouse
Honey Street Farm
Honeystreet
SN9 5PS
Phone
01672 851125
Category
c/o The Old Church
Manningford Bohune
SN9 6LY
Phone
01672 851820
Category
Field House
All Cannings
SN10 3NX
Phone
07920 143403
Category
1 Milton Road
Pewsey
SN9 5JJ
Phone
01672 564773
The Square
Ramsbury
SN8 2PE
Phone
01672 520230
Manningford Bruce
SN9 6JW
Phone
01980 635394
Easton Royal
SN9 5LU
Phone
01747 828170
Category
3 High Street
Upavon
SN9 6EA
Phone
01980 630025
Honeystreet
SN9 5PS
Phone
01672 851655
15 High Street
Pewsey
SN9 5AF
Phone
01672 569390
East Kennett
SN8 4EY
Phone
01672 861686
Red Lion Freehouse
East Chisenbury
SN9 6AQ
Phone
01980 671124
East Chisenbury
SN8 6AQ
Phone
01980 671124
West Grafton
SN8 3BY
Phone
01672 811233
Category
Manningford Abbots
SN9 6HT
Phone
01672 564438
Poulton Farm Estate
Poulton
Marlborough
SN8 2LN
Phone
01672 516888
Patney Weir
Patney Road
Chirton
SN10 3QU
Phone
01380 848800