Wandsdyke in the evening sun

Wandsdyke in the evening sun

SWC Walk 127 Pewsey Circular

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Westerly Views from Huish Hill

Westerly Views from Huish Hill

SWC Walk 127 Pewsey Circular

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Bridge #115, Kennet & Avon Canal

Bridge #115, Kennet & Avon Canal

SWC Walk 127 Pewsey Circular

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Oare Hill with Giant's Grave

Oare Hill with Giant's Grave

SWC Walk 127 Pewsey Circular

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Cows at bottom of Milk Hill

Cows at bottom of Milk Hill

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First View of Oare Hill

First View of Oare Hill

SWC Walk 127 Pewsey Circular

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Kennet & Avon Canal from Pains Bridge

Kennet & Avon Canal from Pains Bridge

SWC Walk 127 Pewsey Circular

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Pewsey Circular Walk

North Wessex Downs and the Vale of Pewsey

Length

26.7 km (16.6 miles)

OS Maps

OS Landranger 173; Explorer 157

Toughness

7 out of 10.

Walk Notes

This is an exhilarating excursion through the solitude of the Vale of Pewsey, which separates the chalk upland of the North Wessex Downs to the north from that of Salisbury Plain to the south, including an ascent up the southerly hill chain of the Marlborough Downs, from where there are stunning far views in all directions over this land of wave-like hills, with its scarps, ridges and valleys. It is a mysterious landscape, full of pre-historic earthworks and hillforts as well as barrows – burial mounds of kings and warriors. Part of the walk leads along the Wansdyke, an earth bank and deep ditch running east to west – which sporadically links Bristol to Marlborough. It was built by the beleaguered Romano-British Celts – after being deserted by the Romans in the 5th century – as a fortification to stem the Saxon advance. From there it is just a short walk to Wiltshire’s highest peak (Milk Hill) with its stunning steep serrated Down and then to the Alton Barnes White Horse – cut into the hillside in 1812. After a scenic descent into the Vale of Pewsey, the lunch options come late in the hamlet of Honeystreet, but food is served all afternoon. Finally, an undemanding stretch along the Kennet & Avon Canal leads back to Pewsey with its many tea options.

Shortcuts reduce the rating of this walk to 6/10 or even 5/10.

Transport

Trains go from Paddington to Pewsey, journey time just over one hour.

Please note that Pewsey is just outside the London & South East Network railcard area, necessitating split journey tickets if using the Network Railcard for a discount.

However discounts are available with other railcards. (16-25, Family & Friends, Senior etc.)

Saturday Walkers Club On Saturdays take the train closest to 8.30 hours or the train closest to 10.30.

On Sundays take the train closest to 10.00 hours.

On weekdays the train closest to 11.30 is the only option.

Lunch and Tea

Honeystreet Cafe, Honeystreet, SN9 5PS T:01672 851 550.

The Barge Inn, Honeystreet, SN9 5PS T:01672 851 705.

More than a handful of tea options in Pewsey. For details see the walk directions.

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Trains

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By Car

Start: SN9 5ER Directions

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Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Jun-17

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Walk Directions  

Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk