Walking in the Vale of Pewsey
A very enjoyable walk, starting and ending at Woodborough Yard in Woodborough (to allow for refreshments and a bit of shopping) and taking in the Kennet & Avon Canal, Swanborough Tump, Picked Hill, Woodborough Hill and Honeystreet before returning along the lane in Bottlesford.
Places to eat and drink along the way:
Sticks and Stones at Woodborough Yard, Woodborough - Dog Friendly
Honeystreet Mill Cafe at Honeystreet - Dog Friendly
The Seven Stars Inn in Bottlesford - Dog Friendly
Please note that following feedback on this walk, we would advise that there is a barbed wire fence blocking the footpath between The Barge and Hurst's Farm, indicated by the black spot on this map. You can (if you are relatively agile and it's not too wet) go under the barbed wire as it doesn't go too low down, but this won't be an option for everyone. We are progressing this issue.
As you can see, there is an alternative footpath taking you to the Hanging Stone, but this route has not been checked.
Further clarification has also been requested on steps 7 and 8:
7. ....... Keep the barbed wire fence on your left and continue to the end of the field (THIS IS WHERE THE ISSUE WITH THE BARBED WIRE FENCE IS). If you are able to get over/under the barbed wire, continue straight ahead through the next field to the next stile which takes you into a fenced off path with trees. At the end of this there is another stile which brings you on to a hard track which eventually joins Hurst's Lane. Climb the steps to your left leading up from the lane. Continue straight ahead along the edge of the field, with the hedge on your right. Continue straight ahead, going over the next two stiles and at the third stile (to the left of a metal gate) go over the stile and turn right down the grassy path that runs alongside a garden to another stile. Cross the stile and immediately turn leftright onto the track and continue straight ahead to the railway foot bridge.
8.Cross the stile and immediately turn left on to the track through the field and continue straight ahead to the railway foot bridge (continue with step 8 from the leaflet).
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.