Wilton Windmill & Crofton Beam Engines

Walking in and around the Vale of Pewsey

This circular walk is a beautiful route, taking in Wilton Windmill, Wilton Water and Crofton Beam Engines.  Some of the walk takes you along the Kennet & Avon Canal and you will even follow the footsteps of ancient Romans as you walk along an old Roman road!

It's a perfect walk, because not only will you see the fantastic landscape, but you can treat yourself to lunch or dinner at 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 they are dog and child friendly.


Places to eat and drink along the way:

Wilton Windmill - open for guided tours and refreshments on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to September from 2pm to 5pm - Dog Friendly

The Swan Inn in Wilton - Dog Friendly

Please note that there is no refreshment facility currently at Crofton Beam Engines (January 2023).


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Footpath closures/diversions:

The towpath is closed at Crofton - Crofton towpath closure 7th Nov 2022 - 17th March 2023

More about the Vale of Pewsey

The North Wessex Downs National Landscape 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 www.nwd-landscapetrust.org.uk.

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