Avebury Standing Stones, SW quartile

Avebury Standing Stones, SW quartile

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury

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Silbury Hill Close-Up

Silbury Hill Close-Up

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury

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West Kennett Long Barrow, inside the Chamber

West Kennett Long Barrow, inside the Chamber

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury

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Fyfield Down Sarsen Field

Fyfield Down Sarsen Field

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury

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Wandsdyke in the evening sun

Wandsdyke in the evening sun

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury

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Avebury stone circle

Avebury stone circle

Pewsey to Avebury walk

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Devil's Den, from the southeast

Devil's Den, from the southeast

SWC Walk 255 Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury

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Pewsey or Marlborough Circular via Avebury walk

Long walk over Wiltshire downs to Avebury World Heritage Site

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Sat, 04-Nov-17 10

Saturday Walk - Marlborough Circular via Avebury (or Marlborough to Avebury) [New Variant] [Early or Late Start]

A new variant of the Pewsey Circular via Avebury walk:
This is an easy excursion into the heart of Neolithic Wiltshire, a mysterious landscape full of pre-historic earthworks, standing stones, sarsen fields and hillforts as well as barrows – burial mounds of kings and warriors. The route passes through or past two of the most important prehistoric sites in Britain: Fyfield Down Sarsen Stones Field and Avebury Standing Stones and Bank & Ditch Earthworks, while Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow, The Sanctuary and Windmill Hill can be explored on extensions.
Take a train to Bedwyn (unlike Pewsey, this is within the Network SE, and with a more frequent service), a cheap connecting bus to Marlborough and walk to Avebury. Explore Avebury village and surrounding sights as much as you like (every worthwhile site is covered by the written directions), and make your way back to Marlborough, either by bus or on foot. There will be enough time to add either the loop down to Silbury Hill, West Kennett Long Barrow and The Sanctuary or the one up to Windmill Hill, and still finish in daylight, but the late starters will have to take the bus back from Avebury to Marlborough to beat the darkness, with or without extra loops.
Short Walk: Marlborough to Avebury 13.6 km/8.4 mi
Long Walk: Marlborough Circular 24.3 km/15.1 mi
[in both cases without excursions to Silbury Hill, The Long Barrow, The Sanctuary or Windmill Hill]
Ascent/Descent: 288m (M’boro Circ)
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours (M’boro Circ)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 (M’boro Circ)
Outward Travel
Early Start/Long Walk: take the 08.15 Cheltenham Spa train from Paddington (change at Reading [arr. 08.39/dep. 08.49] onto the Bedwyn service), arrives Bedwyn 09.29.
Then take the 09.52 bus to Marlborough (line 20), from Great Bedwyn Square (2 minutes from the station), arrives 10.07.
Late Start/Short Walk: take the 10.18 Bedwyn train (Reading 10.48), arrives Bedwyn 11.31, Then take the 11.36 bus from the station (this bus will wait for up to 10 minutes), arrives 12.01.
Note: The bus fare is £1.00 each way upon showing a valid train ticket!
Return Travel
Bus from Avebury: Line 42 from the Red Lion pub to Marlborough on 14.55 (arr. 15.20) and 16.43 (arr. 17.07). [Also stopping at West Kennett (on the A4, i.e. close to the extension to the Long Barrow and The Sanctuary)]. Then connect to one of below buses to Bedwyn station.
Bus from Marlborough: Lines 20 or 22 to Bedwyn on 16.05 (arr. 16.34), 17.15 (arr. 17.33) and 18.15 (arr. 18.32).
Trains from Bedwyn: 16.36, 16.56, 17.39, 18.41, 19.41, 20.48, 22.00 and 23.00.
Buy a Bedwyn return.
Lunch: The Red Lion in Avebury (12.2 km/7.6 mi, food all day).
Tea: Numerous options in Marlborough, see the pdf page 16.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.255.b
The short cut from Marlborough to Avebury looks interesting. Where will be the lunch stop for this short cut and how far is the lunch stop from Marlborough? Thanks.
The Red Lion in Avebury, right in the middle of the Stone Circle in Avebury village. This is passed first after 11.2 km, then again and again as you follow the route through the village and eventually back to the bus stop, which is outside the pub.
Anyone for the early start and long walk?
Yup. Early start, long walk.
10 walkers on the early option (and we never met others, so there may not have been anyone on the late start) in overcast weather with a bracing wind. The clouds later cleared but had one surprise in them in the form of a short sharp shower, just as we were at the West Kennett Long Barrow (but also some stunning rainbows). From that you can see that all of the group opted for adding the Silbury Hill/West Kennett Long Barrow/The Sanctuary loop to the main walk, having arrived in Avebury in good time. Most of us had not been to Avebury before, so a lot of time was spent sightseeing and taking in the enormity of the area. That extra time needed forced us to improvise a shortcut along the Ridgeway to the return route back to Marlborough instead of going back to Avebury, to have any chance of beating darkness and catch the 17.15 bus (1 walker did go back to Avebury though to take a bus back). So 9 of us walked at pace back through the Fyfield Downs Sarsen field and past the Devil's Den, through lovely Manton and along the Kennet River into Marlborough, to just beat darkness (with a beautiful sunset along the way), but also , after 18 miles or so, to miss the bus by a few minutes.
Off to The Green Dragon opposite the bus stop, a very cosy pub, and then the last bus of the day at 18.15. Back in Paddington at 10 to 8.
All the various transport bits worked to schedule, Marlborough is a lovely place to finish a walk and the NT Cafe in Avebury's food options are a bit limited, those of us who went there reported. The only thing that did not work: some busybody at Marlborough College prevented us from going into their grounds to have a peek at the Neolithic Mound there (some function was on, apparently).
So, unless someone walked this with a late start: 10 overcast with a bracing wind
Just to say that the NT café at Avebury may have a limited menu, but provided a nice light alternative to the pub lunch a choice of soup of the day, 3 different salads and 3 types of jacket potatoes, as well as a nice selection of cakes and scones. Everything was very fresh.

A great day out. Nice to see this area in autumn as my previous visits have been during the height of summer.
Sat, 22-Apr-17 10

Saturday Walk - Bluebells and Megaliths: Pewsey to Avebury or Circular (Daywalk or Overnight in Avebury)

SWC Walk 255 – Pewsey to Avebury (World Heritage Site) or Circular
[Revised route! Now including Windmill Hill and The Sanctuary, i.e.: ALL the important Neolithic sites within walking distance of Avebury!]
Walk one of the Pewsey to Avebury Options or the full Pewsey Circular and return the same day or walk Pewsey to Avebury incl. Silbury Hill, West Kennett Long Barrow and The Sanctuary on Saturday, stay overnight (see a list of B&B’s on the webpage or in the pdf) and walk the Windmill Hill Loop from Avebury (see webpage or pdf for details) plus Avebury to Pewsey on Sunday (no lunch pub unless we divert to Honeystreet as in SWC 127)
Pewsey to Avebury
Length: 18.1 km (11.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 352 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
or
Pewsey to Avebury (incl. The Stone Avenue, Silbury Hill, West Kennett Long Barrow and The Sanctuary)
Length: 27.1 km (16.9 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 526 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 8 out of 10
or
Pewsey Circular (incl. The Stone Avenue, Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow)
Length: 36.3 km (22.6 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 666 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 8 ½ hours
Toughness: 10 out of 10
Without doubt, Avebury is the most impressive of all remaining pre-historic earthworks in Europe.” http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/avebury.php

Take the 08.00 Exeter St. David's train from Paddington (08.35 Reading), arriving Pewsey at 09.25.
Pewsey suffers from an infrequent train service, explaining the early start (the next train is at 11.00, arriving 12.02, just about early enough to make it to Lockeridge for lunch on the short option). Return trains: 16.23 or 20.23 on Saturday (66-68 mins journey time) and 16.11, 18.13 or 21.59 on Sunday (74-88 mins journey time).
Buy cheap Advance Single Tickets (available as of 03/02/17), else…Super Off-Peak returns are £37,90 at full price, and £25.00 with Senior, Two Together, etc. (but not Network) Railcards.
Splitting the ticket !! is the cheapest option though if returning on Saturday !!, especially if travelling on a Network Railcard (buy separate London - Reading and Reading - Pewsey returns).
If you are going to walk “just” to Avebury, the Bus #49 takes you from outside the pub in Avebury to Swindon Station in 25 mins (roughly hourly service until 20.36). You should buy separate tickets as follows: London to Reading return, Reading-Pewsey single and Swindon-Reading single!
The full circular walk is a strenuous excursion into the heart of Neolithic Wiltshire, a mysterious landscape full of pre-historic earthworks, standing stones, sarsen fields and hillforts as well as barrows – burial mounds of kings and warriors. The route passes through or past four of the most important prehistoric sites in Britain: Fyfield Down Sarsen Stones Field, Avebury Standing Stones and Bank & Ditch Earthworks, Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow (two other sites, The Sanctuary and Windmill Hill, can be explored on extensions).
You walk out of the beautiful Vale of Pewsey over the southerly ridge of the Marlborough Downs, from where there are stunning far views over this land of wave-like hills, with its scarps, ridges and valleys, before heading through West Woods, The Forestry Commision’s best bluebell wood in England, to Fyfield Down and Avebury.
Later the walk leads along The Wansdyke, a 5th century earth bank and deep ditch. It was built by the beleaguered Romano-British Celts 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 Down.
After a scenic descent into the Vale of Pewsey an undemanding stretch along the Kennet & Avon Canal leads back to Pewsey.
For the walk directions click here. For a map, a height profile, gpx/kml files and photos click here.
The lunch pub on any of the long walk options is The Red Lion in Avebury (18.1 km/11.2 mi),
the one on the short walk is The Who'd A Thought It in Lockeridge (9.7 km/6.0 mi).
For the tea options in Avebury and Pewsey check page 2 of the walk directions.
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accomodation booked
bluebells explained: http://theconversation.com/bloomageddon seven clever ways bluebells win the woodland turf war 74086
Where and at what time can I meet for the Sunday walk?
9.30 outside the Red Lion in Avebury.
Then we'll do the Windmill Hill loop, which takes about an hour, and pass the pub again.
10 bleary eyed walkers (including 2 first timers) emerged from the train at Pewsey station probably before many other walkers had even left London on Saturday into bright breezy sunshine with a few passing clouds. Weather conditions could not have been much better for this magical journey through the heartland of Britain's Neolithic past. The group set off together but split early on at a peaceful clearing in the heart of West Woods one setting off for the full Pewsey circular, three doing some off piste bluebell exploration and the rest continuing on to Avebury. The bluebells in West Woods certainly lived up to their billing even the official SWC Bluebell Monitor commented that it was a very good bluebell wood (and made various notes on his map)....Having taken longer in the wood, we sampled the fare at the early pub before heading across the ancient landscape of Fyfield Down Sarsen Stones Field, littered with numerous large stones of the type used in Neolithic monuments (sometimes looking a bit like stationary sheep)....and even more bluebells brightly visible in a small wood slightly off piste. Arriving in Avebury, it was a delight to have some number of hours to have tea at a NT museum cafe then leisurely explore the surrounding area. The updated walk instructions provide a great guide to visit the most interesting sites in and around the village which, today at least, even included a crop circle in an oilseed rape field....visible en route to the always mysterious Silbury Hill (UFO landing pad, stage for ancient ceremonies, a hiding place for a secret laboratory???). Finding ourselves enjoying the fading sun atop the West Kennet Long Barrow at 6:00pm we took a shortcut route back to the Red Lion for an early dinner where we caught up with some of the advance party before they set off for their evening accommodation. After dinner 4 of us communed further with the Stones in the light of a fading sunset and caught the late 20:35 bus to Swindon where we caught the 21:30 back to London for those of us taking advantage of the information provided on advance tickets the train tickets (out and back) totaled less than 20 pounds.....a great value for such an epic outing....
Sat, 25-Jun-16 8

Saturday Second Walk - Neolithic Wiltshire (II): SWC 255 Pewsey Circular (via Avebury)


This is for all you Pagans out there...flanking the longest day of the year, two expeditions to the most remarkable Neolithic sites in England

SWC Walk 255 – Pewsey Circular (via Avebury World Heritage Site)
Length: 34.7 km (21.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 560 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 8 hours
Toughness: 10 out of 10
or
Pewsey to Avebury (incl. out-and-back to Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow)
Length: 22.9 km (14.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 390 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
or
Pewsey to Avebury (excl. out-and-back to Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow)
Length: 17.2 km (10.7 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 368 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 08.35 Exeter St. David's train from Paddington (09.03 Reading), arriving Pewsey at 09.38
Pewsey suffers from an infrequent train service, explaining the early start (the next train is at 10.35, arriving 11.34, just about early enough to make it to Lockeridge for lunch on the short options). Return trains: 15.45, 16.59 and 20.23 hours (69-77 mins journey time)
Cheap Advance tickets are gone now, so… buy separate London-Reading return and Reading-Pewsey return tickets. !! And if you are using a Network Railcard, buy a discounted Reading return ticket and an undiscounted Reading-Pewsey return.!! If you are going to walk “just” to Avebury, the Bus #49 takes you from outside the pub in Avebury to Swindon Station in 25 mins (roughly hourly service until 20.36). Buy separate tickets as follows: London to Reading return (Network RC discount possible), Reading-Pewsey single and Swindon-Reading single!
Or make it a weekend: stay in or near Avebury for the night, visit the sights in your own time, and walk the second half of this walk on Sunday...
This is a strenuous excursion into the heart of Neolithic Wiltshire, a mysterious landscape full of pre-historic earthworks, standing stones, sarsen fields and hillforts as well as barrows – burial mounds of kings and warriors. The route passes through or past four of the most famous Neolithic sites in Britain: Fyfield Down Sarsen Stones Field, Avebury Standing Stones and Bank & Ditch Earthworks, Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow. You walk out of the beautiful Vale of Pewsey in a northerly direction over the southerly ridge of the Marlborough Downs, from where there are stunning far views over this land of wave-like hills, with its scarps, ridges and valleys, before heading to above attractions. Later the walk leads up to Wiltshire’s highest peak (Milk Hill) with its stunning Down. After a scenic descent into the Vale of Pewsey an undemanding stretch along the Kennet & Avon Canal leads back to Pewsey with its many tea options.
For the walk directions click here.
For a map, a height profile, gpx/kml files, and some photos click here.
The lunch pub is The Red Lion in Avebury (17.2 km/10.7 mi), or The Who'd A Thought It in Lockeridge (9.7 km/6.0 mi), if you are walking one of the shorter versions of the walk at a leisurely pace (or if you take the later train). For the tea options in Pewsey check page 2 of the walk directions (the cafes will be shut by the time we get there, of course...).
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is anyone getting the later train 10.35 and doing the short walk Pewsey to Avebury ?
The day return to Pewsey costs ~£37, For those wish to do short cut, plus bus to Swindon and separate train ticket from Swindon to Reading ~£14, you are looking at £50+ for train journey, if I am not mistaken.
as far as I can see...
a full price Pewsey rtn is 37.20.
a split ticket full price return (see above) is 33.10.
a Network Railcard discounted split ticket is 26.90.
any other Railcard discounted split ticket is 21.85.

at full price, ending in swindon costs 45.10 plus bus (reading rtn plus 2 singles, more if you buy 2 singles London pewsey and swindon london).
38.90 plus bus with Network Railcard,
and 29.75 plus bus with all other Railcards
8 warm humid at times couple of heavy showers

7 long walkers on the 08:35 train and 1 on the later train.

A fine day out in mystical Wiltshire. Cool morning quickly turned warmer and slightly humid, but with no rain until about 15 minutes outside Lockeridge when the heavens briefly opened. A quick stop for refreshments in The Who'd A Thought It in the village where a member of staff informed us of the fine bluebell woods in the area (something to be noted for bluebell enthusiasts for next year).

4 dined inside at The Red Lion at Avesbury. Quick, efficient service. Food fine. The 3 non indoor diners went on ahead, leaving us 4 to finish up our lunch and then take a turn around the village, visiting the local purveyors of crystals, dowsing rods and miscellaneous geegaws.

The afternoon was a feast of undulating hills in many shades of green, far views, big skies and a wonderful display of poppies that produced a red strip that could be seen for miles. The weather behaved itself quite well, but there was one longish downpour. All in all, considering the forecast, it would be churlish to complain about that. Back in Pewsey with about an hour to spare before the 20:23 train. Ran into the late walker and decamped to the Shed Alehouse.

This is one of the nicest walks I've done with the SWC. It is a very lovely area, with the added bonus of a rich and mysterious history. But, even if the stones disappeared tomorrow, the rolling hills and views would still be worth the price of the ticket. Despite being just over an hour away from London, you feel like you've really gotten away from the commuter belt. Splendid.
JUST FOR THE RECORD

Freedom Pass holders can travel on all buses throughout England for free saving between £2 and £7 on single journeys. On the trains if the booking office is shut or you are running late, you cannot use the ticket machines unless you know the Boundary zone 6 station to commence your journey. Walk posters please note. You could end up toughing it out with the train guards who may or may not have a ticket machine on board. The regulations stipulate that you are supposed to find the guard yourself rather than waiting for them to find you to avoid accusations of fare evasion! Try this on a 10 car train to the south coast!!
Sat, 26-Sep-15 13

Saturday Second Walk – New Walk: From the Vale of Pewsey to the heart of Neolithic Wiltshire


SWC Walk 255 – Pewsey Circular (via Avebury World Heritage Site)
Length: 34.7 km (21.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 560 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 8 hours
Toughness: 10 out of 10
or
Pewsey to Avebury (incl. out-and-back to Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow)
Length: 22.9 km (14.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 390 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
or
Pewsey to Avebury (excl. out-and-back to Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow)
Length: 17.2 km (10.7 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 368 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
First posting of this new walk, we will take the opportunity to check the walk directions.
Apologies for posting a new (and very long) walk in the 2nd walk slot, but we are running out of daylight for this one before I have a 3rd walk slot available.
Take the 08.18 Exeter St. David's train from Paddington (08.48 Reading), arriving Pewsey at 09.39

Pewsey suffers from an infrequent train service, explaining the very early start (the next train is at 11.06, which is too late to finish the full walk before darkness, but early enough for the short versions to Avebury only). Sunset in Pewsey will be at 18.57 hours, giving good light for walking until close to 19.30 hours, and the last stretch is along a road through Pewsey anyway, so we should be fine for light, but bring a torch if you have one, just in case!
Return train (there is only one reasonable service): 20.23 hours (69 mins journey time)
Buy a Pewsey return ticket.
!! But as Pewsey is just outside the Network Southeast Area: if you are using a Network Railcard, buy a discounted Reading return ticket and a separate Reading-Pewsey return.!!
If you are going to walk “just” to Avebury, the Bus #49 takes you from outside the pub in Avebury to Swindon Station in 25 mins (roughly hourly service until 20.36). You will need a separate Swindon-Reading train ticket!
This is a strenuous excursion into the heart of Neolithic Wiltshire, a mysterious landscape full of pre-historic earthworks, standing stones, sarsen fields and hillforts as well as barrows – burial mounds of kings and warriors. The route passes through or past four of the most famous Neolithic sites in Britain: Fyfield Down Sarsen Stones Field, Avebury Standing Stones and Bank & Ditch Earthworks, Silbury Hill and West Kennett Long Barrow. You walk out of the beautiful Vale of Pewsey in a northerly direction over the southerly ridge of the Marlborough Downs, from where there are stunning far views over this land of wave-like hills, with its scarps, ridges and valleys, before heading to above attractions. Later the walk leads up to Wiltshire’s highest peak (Milk Hill) with its stunning Down. After a scenic descent into the Vale of Pewsey an undemanding stretch along the Kennet & Avon Canal leads back to Pewsey with its many tea options.
For the walk directions click here.
For a map, a height profile, gpx/kml files, and some photos, click here.
The lunch pub is The Red Lion in Avebury (17.2 km/10.7 mi), or The Who'd A Thought It in Lockeridge (9.7 km/6.0 mi), if you are walking one of the shorter versions of the walk at a leisurely pace (or if you take the later train).
For the tea options in Pewsey check page 2 of the walk directions (the cafes will be shut by the time we get there, of course...).
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Gorgeous walk but you are welcome to do it as a day trip! I would only ever stay over. It is too sad to leave it in the evening.
Thomas the Pewsey to Avebury section looks like a great walk for the Mid week senior walkers who prefer shorter walks and can get a third off all train fares after 9.30am. If you haven't checked the short walk option maybe we could do that if Arthur Dent is agreeable?
Marion: good idea, but the short walk is route identical with the long walk all the way to Avebury, so doesn't need a separate walk check. And on the current timetable it only works with a packed lunch option on weekdays anyway (11.33 dep/12.43 arr). Not sure you'd fancy that...
Correction: food served until 15.00 hours weekdays at The Who'd A Thought It. No packed lunch necessary.
Intend going.
13 bright sunshine and near full moon

Thirteen intrepid SWC walkers alighted at Pewsey station about the time most others were probably just leaving London on their respective trains. All but two of these completed the full journey through time across the mysterious neolithic Wiltshire landscape (including two who had had no intention of doing so!); one person was unaccounted for on "the" return train possible alien abduction??? The walk itself, although very long, is quite a gem (nearly perfect aside from 2 recommendations already relayed to the author) and the walk instructions come complete with detailed guidance notes on the various points of interest passed along the way.

In more detail not far from Pewsey, the route climbed one of the many ridges for stunning views of the swooping hills of Wiltshire; then passed through a forest with a peaceful clearing almost alpine in nature. Further along, 4 stopped for a brief refreshment to provide much needed energy to complete the 10 mile walk to lunch! The 2 doing the short walk arrived about the time we left (and later caught the 4:30 bus in Avebury). After passing through an interesting valley full of "sarcen" stones, the four caught up with most the others just finishing their lunch in Avebury and ultimately formed the "rear guard" after stopping to admire the West Kennet Long Barrow. The early evening light cast a magical glow across the landscape as this group crossed over Milk Hill and past the White Horse. A near full moon reflected in the water of the canal provided an atmospheric ending to this journey around 7:45 pm with just enough time for a well deserved and much needed drink in the pub before catching a Penzance express back to London.
It is indeed one of the finest walks that I have done from London. Even the short walk (we only managed 10m and then succumbed to the delicious NT scones & tea) was delightful. The first pub 'Who w'd have thought it' served excellent food very fast and good beers I understand, and is in a quieter and more idyllic location than the 2nd one for the long walk, which was inundated with tourists, scaffolding and on a busy road. Ideal Wednesday walk I would think, as already suggested. Glorious views, very quiet lanes and paths, a little muddy at times but no tarmac. A blissful outing.