Marlborough Circular via Avebury walk
Over the Marlborough Downs and through sarsen fields to the Avebury World Heritage Site
24.2 km (15.0 mi), with 297m ascent/descent: 297m. For a shorter or a longer walk, see below Walk Options.
5 out of 10, with 5 ½ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 9 ½ hours.
This is a fascinating excursion into the heart of Neolithic Wiltshire, a mysterious landscape full of pre-historic earthworks, standing stones, sarsen fields and barrows – burial mounds of kings and warriors. The route passes through two of the most important prehistoric sites in Britain: Avebury Standing Stones and Bank & Ditch Earthworks and Fyfield Down Sarsen Stones Field. Other significant sites nearby (Silbury Hill, West Kennett Long Barrow, The Sanctuary and Windmill Hill) can be explored on extension loops.
You walk out of the historic market town of Marlborough with its extra-wide High Street onto the Marlborough Downs, passing some horse gallops of the famous Manton Park stud and go through some small and medium-sized fields scattered with sarsen stones. Briefly follow the Ridgeway and turn down it scenically to Avebury, where the route passes all notable features within the village boundary, as well as a short stretch of the West Kennett Avenue of Standing Stones.
Buses 42 and 49 serve Avebury, enabling a start or finish there:
Two Extension Loops from Avebury village to outlying sites are possible:
|Accommodation in or near Avebury||
Avebury Lodge High Street, Avebury (01672 539 023)
OS Landranger Map: 173 (Swindon & Devizes)
Marlborough, Ladbrokes bus stop is served by lines 20 and 22 from Bedwyn Station or from the nearby Great Bedwyn Square. The buses stopping at the station will wait for up to 10 minutes for a delayed train. A valid train ticket reduces the cost of the bus to £1.30 each way [06/2022]. There is also the occasional Express Bus X22 from Hungerford Library (Mon-Sat, 5 minutes from the Station), which may offer a connection from the train when Bedwyn doesn’t. Bedwyn and Hungerford Stations are on the Berkshire and Hampshire line from London Paddington. The journey times are from 50 minutes to Hungerford and from 65 minutes to Bedwyn.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 09.00 hours.
Circles Restaurant Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF (01672 539 250). The Circles Cafe is located 11.2 km (7.0 mi) into the walk.
The Oddfellows 71 High Street, Manton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4HW (01672 512 352). TheOddfellows is located 2.4 km from the end of the walk. Open all day every day.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk