Pewsey Vale Circular Walk

Pewsey Vale Circular Walk

This one-week walking itinerary takes you on our long-distance route - the Pewsey Vale Circular Way - the walking route for which is just over 77 miles and follows rights of way with the Vale of Pewsey at its heart.  This route includes dramatic downland with exceptional views, quintessential English villages and country pubs, the tranquility of the Kennet & Avon Canal and the beauty of walking through the Vale, surrounded by stunning downland. 

There are two routes - one for walking and the other for riding or cycling.  The two routes are largely the same but divert at certain points where walkers follow a footpath and riders/cyclists take a bridleway or byway or are sometimes diverted along a country lane.

Places of interest on or close to the route are listed in each stage of the walk.

Be mindful of your own walking pace and when and where you have to meet your pick up at the end of the day.

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 or modify the start and end point of each section and the direction you walk.

The most common waymarker you will see where the route is for both walkers and riders

The walkers only route where footpaths are used and therefore cyclists and horse riders are not permitted

The rider route where a byway or bridleway is used.  Walkers could also use this route if they preferred.

Planning your route

We have divided the Pewsey Vale Circular Walking route in to 7 stages and have assumed an anti-clockwise direction.  However if you wish to do the route in a clockwise direction, then the timings for the morning and afternoon won't differ too much, so the order can just be reversed.  The pace that we have set enables you to take time to admire views, take photos, stop for snacks and all the other things that we like to do when we are out walking! 

Click on each section below to access the detailed itinerary for that stage, or to download the stage's gpx file for use on your walking app, or to print out a map.

We have detailed important information about the route, its waymarking and tricky navigation points, as well as information about preparing before you set off.  We would strongly advise you to read this information as it will help you as you travel the route.  Just click on the button below.

Pewsey Vale Circular Walk

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Find out about places to eat - perhaps for lunch or in the evening.  And have a look at where you can stay - maybe in one location for the week, or at different accommodation providers along the route with your baggage following on.

Daily Itinerary for the Pewsey Vale Circular Way

11.5 miles / 18.5 kms

Food - take a packed lunch or go to The Pelican Inn, Froxfield.

Stage 1 - Ham to Great Bedwyn

This stage of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way takes you from the pretty village of Ham, through beautiful and peaceful countryside and woodland to the village of Froxfield, then on to the historic settlements of Chisbury and Great Bedwyn.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Ham to Froxfield

5 miles / 8 kms

Approximately 2 hours

Lunch at The Pelican Inn in Froxfield or packed lunch

Approximately 1.5 hours

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Froxfield to Great Bedwyn

6.5 miles / 10.5 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Places of interest along the way

Littlecote Roman Villa & Mosaic
Littlecote Roman Villa & Mosaic
Littlecote Roman Villa & Mosaic Littlecote Roman villa and mosaic is situated in Littlecote Park, west of Chilton Foliat. If ...
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St Martin’s Chapel Chisbury & Chisbury Camp
St Martin's Chapel Chisbury & Chisbury Camp
St Martin's Chapel Chisbury & Chisbury Camp Chisbury Camp, located in the small village of Chisbury, north-east of Great Bedwyn, ...
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Ham
Ham
Ham is a small and pretty village located very close to the Wiltshire and West Berkshire border and at the ...
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Wansdyke
Wansdyke
The Wansdyke Wansdyke is an ancient earthwork, a wall and ditch, which runs in a shallow arc for some 50 ...
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St Mary’s Church – Great Bedwyn
St Mary's Church - Great Bedwyn
The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was started in 1092 but was not completed for ...
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All Saints’ Church – Ham
All Saints' Church - Ham
A really charming Church nestled in the pretty village of Ham on the Wiltshire / Berkshire border. Built in the ...
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Crofton Beam Engines
Crofton Beam Engines
The Crofton Beam Engines are set in a beautiful canal-side location where you can enjoy a picnic. Built over 200 ...
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Wilton Windmill
Wilton Windmill
Set high above the village of Wilton with stunning views, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, Wilton ...
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There are two routes that you can take for Stage 2.  This is because we are unable to waymark in Savernake Forest, but wanted to include it as an option - it is very ancient woodland, with lots of wildlife and amazing trees.  

The first route below is Stage 2 - Waymarked Route which takes you from Great Bedwyn to St Katharine's and then on to Durley, the Kennet & Avon Canal and finally to Wootton Rivers.  This route is 7 miles (11.3 kms).

The second route below is Stage 2 - Non-Waymarked Route which takes you from Great Bedwyn to St Katharine's, then into Savernake Forest to Durley (this is the stretch that isn't waymarked) and then to the Kennet & Avon Canal and finally to Wootton Rivers.  This route is 9.5 miles (15.3 kms).

Itinerary for waymarked route:

7 miles / 11.3 kms

Food

If you are starting in the morning, lunch at The Royal Oak in Wootton Rivers

If you are starting in the afternoon, lunch at The Three Tuns in Great Bedwyn

Stage 2 - Waymarked Route

Stage 2 of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way starts in the pretty and vibrant village of Great Bedwyn, taking you westwards, through pretty hamlets and then on to the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal to the interesting village of Wootton Rivers.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Great Bedwyn to Wootton Rivers

7 miles / 11.3 kms

Approximately 3.5 hours

Approximately 1.5 hours

Itinerary for non-waymarked route into Savernake Forest:

9.5 miles / 15.3 kms

Food - packed lunch which you can buy from The Post Office in Great Bedwyn - fresh rolls and pastries.

Stage 2 - Non-Waymarked Route into Savernake Forest

Stage 2 of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way via Savernake Forest starts in the pretty and vibrant village of Great Bedwyn, taking you westwards.  Savernake Forest is an ancient forest and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with plenty of wildlife and (in April/May) a carpet of bluebells. Then back to the main Pewsey Vale Circular Way route, through pretty hamlets and on to the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal to Wootton Rivers.

A packed lunch is advised which you may want to stop for in Savernake Forest. 

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Great Bedwyn to St Katharine's (SU 252 649).  Take the diversion from St Katharine's into Savernake Forest and onwards to rejoin the waymarked route at Durley (SU 237 641).

6.2 miles / 10 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Stop for packed lunch in Savernake Forest

Approximately 1 hour

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Durley to Wootton Rivers

3.3 miles / 5.3 kms

Approximately 2 hours

Places of interest along the way

St Andrew’s Church – Wootton Rivers
St Andrew's Church - Wootton Rivers
The distinctive church of St Andrew’s in Wootton Rivers, accessed from the village lane along a pretty path, originally stood ...
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St Mary’s Church – Great Bedwyn
St Mary's Church - Great Bedwyn
The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was started in 1092 but was not completed for ...
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Burbage Wharf
Burbage Wharf
Burbage Wharf Burbage Wharf on the Kennet & Avon Canal was constructed in 1831 to handle the fast growing trade ...
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Kennet & Avon Canal
Kennet & Avon Canal
Kennet & Avon Canal This canal forms part of an 87-mile waterway from Bristol to Reading where it joined the ...
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Crofton Beam Engines
Crofton Beam Engines
The Crofton Beam Engines are set in a beautiful canal-side location where you can enjoy a picnic. Built over 200 ...
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Wilton Windmill
Wilton Windmill
Set high above the village of Wilton with stunning views, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, Wilton ...
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13 miles / 21 kms

Food - Take a packed lunch or divert off the Pewsey Vale Circular Way down in to Honeystreet to have lunch at the Honeystreet Mill Cafe.

Stage 3 of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way takes you from the lovely village of Wootton Rivers, up into the Pewsey Downs.  Expect some tough climbs which are rewarded with spectacular views, beginning at Martinsell Hill.  You'll encounter the Alton Barnes White Horse, as well as Adam's Grave and the Pewsey National Nature Reserve.  There are ancient earthworks and strip lynchets to see and part of the route takes you along the Wansdyke path - a 50 mile ancient earthwork which marked the northern boundary of the kingdom of Wessex.  It's an exhilarating stretch with plenty to see.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Wootton Rivers to Walkers Hill

7 miles / 11.3 kms

Approximately 3.5 hours

Packed lunch or lunch at the Honeystreet Mill Cafe

Honeystreet Mill Cafe is 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms from the Pewsey Vale Circular Way, diverting off at Walkers Hill.  You can download the gpx file for this diversion here.

Lunch plus walking of 3 miles / 4.8 kms - approximately 2.5 hours in total

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Walkers Hill to Bishops Cannings

6 miles / 9.7 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Places of interest along the way

St Mary the Virgin Church – Bishops Cannings
St Mary the Virgin Church - Bishops Cannings
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Bishops Cannings is Grade 1 listed, originating in the 12th or ...
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Wansdyke
Wansdyke
The Wansdyke Wansdyke is an ancient earthwork, a wall and ditch, which runs in a shallow arc for some 50 ...
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St Andrew’s Church – Wootton Rivers
St Andrew's Church - Wootton Rivers
The distinctive church of St Andrew’s in Wootton Rivers, accessed from the village lane along a pretty path, originally stood ...
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Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve
Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve
Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve A wonderful sweep of chalk downland located to the north of the Pewsey Vale and ...
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Martinsell Hill
Martinsell Hill
Martinsell Hill & the Giant's Grave At 289m Martinsell Hill is the highest point on the Pewsey Downs and provides ...
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Alton Barnes White Horse, Milk Hill
Alton Barnes White Horse, Milk Hill
Alton Barnes White Horse The White Horse, cut from chalk on the hillside approximately 1,000m north of the village of ...
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Adam’s Grave, Walker’s Hill
Adam's Grave, Walker's Hill
Adam's Grave at Walker's Hill Adam’s Grave on Walker's Hill in Alton, the most dramatically located Neolithic long barrow in ...
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12.9 miles / 20.7 kms

Food - packed lunch or at The Millstream in Marden.  Divert to Bottlesford for lunch at The Seven Stars Inn.

This stage of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way takes you from the delightful village of Bishops Cannings, along the Kennet & Avon Canal and then on to the villages of the Vale - All Cannings, Patney, Chirton and Marden, all with wonderful views of the Pewsey Downs to the north.  Finishing in Upavon, you will have passed along ancient droves and the edge of Salisbury Plain on your way.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Bishops Cannings to Marden

7 miles / 11.25 kms

Approximately 3.5 hours

Lunch at The Millstream Marden or packed lunch or divert off at Marden village to go to The Seven Stars Inn in Bottlesford

The Seven Stars Inn is 2 miles / 3.2 kms from the Pewsey Vale Circular Way.  You can download the gpx file for this diversion here.

Approximately 1.5 to 3 hours

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Marden to Upavon

5.9 miles / 9.5 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Places of interest along the way

St Mary the Virgin Church – Bishops Cannings
St Mary the Virgin Church - Bishops Cannings
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Bishops Cannings is Grade 1 listed, originating in the 12th or ...
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Marden Henge – Hatfield Earthworks
Marden Henge - Hatfield Earthworks
Marden Henge The Hatfield Earthworks are made primarily of a large, irregular-shaped henge enclosure, surrounded by a ditch and bordered ...
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Kennet & Avon Canal
Kennet & Avon Canal
Kennet & Avon Canal This canal forms part of an 87-mile waterway from Bristol to Reading where it joined the ...
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Stage 5 of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way leaves Upavon and heads over to Milton Hill with the most spectacular views across to the northern Pewsey Downs.  Divert off here to visit the Pewsey White Horse.  Then it is over to Collingbourne Ducis, finishing at The Shears Inn.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Upavon to Milton Hill.

5.9 miles / 9.5 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Packed lunch at Milton Hill

Approximately 1 hour

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Milton Hill to Collingbourne Ducis

5.1 miles / 8.2 kms

Approximately 2.5 hours

Places of interest along the way

Giant’s Grave Milton Hill
Giant's Grave Milton Hill
Giant's Grave Milton Hill The Giant’s Grave is a long barrow, which is a burial place of Britain’s early farming ...
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Pewsey White Horse
Pewsey White Horse
Pewsey White Horse The Pewsey White Horse is on Pewsey Hill about a mile south of Pewsey, to the east ...
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Starting at The Shears Inn in Collingbourne Ducis, this stage takes you through woodland and out on to the open downland.  Passing through Hippenscombe Bottom and Fosbury, you will finish at the small village of Oxenwood.  There are some lovely views on this stage.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Collingbourne Ducis to Hippenscombe

 

 

5.35 miles / 8.6 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Stop for packed lunch

 

Approximately 1 hour

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Hippenscombe to Oxenwood

 

 

4.85 miles / 7.8 kms

Approximately 2.5 hours

Places of interest along the way

Fosbury Camp
Fosbury Camp
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Roman Chute Causeway
Roman Chute Causeway
Roman Chute Causeway Download the guide ...
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Stage 7 of the Pewsey Vale Circular Way takes you from the quiet village of Oxenwood up on to the hills and briefly into West Berkshire!  Here we follow the Wayfarers' Walk, Test Way and the Mid Wilts Way, passing Combe Gibbet and arriving at our destination of Ham.

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Oxenwood to Buttermere Bottom

5.35 miles / 8.6 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Stop for packed lunch

Approximately 1 hour

Walk the Pewsey Vale Circular Way from Buttermere Bottom to Ham

6.45 miles / 10.4 kms

Approximately 3 hours

Places of interest along the way

Walbury Camp
Walbury Camp
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Church of St Swithun Combe
Church of St Swithun Combe
Church of St Swithun Combe Download the guide ...
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Combe Gibbet
Combe Gibbet
Combe Gibbet At the top of Ham Hill where it joins the Mid Wilts Way, there is an opportunity for ...
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Ham
Ham
Ham is a small and pretty village located very close to the Wiltshire and West Berkshire border and at the ...
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All Saints’ Church – Ham
All Saints' Church - Ham
A really charming Church nestled in the pretty village of Ham on the Wiltshire / Berkshire border. Built in the ...
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Ham Hill Nature Reserve
Ham Hill Nature Reserve
Ham Hill Nature Reserve is run by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific ...
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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.

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