Avebury Stones Walk
Visit the largest stone circle in Europe and then explore the lovely surrounding Wiltshire countryside on this circular walk in Wiltshire.
You start off in the car park in Avebury and walk a short way to the stones. You'll pass through the pretty village of Avebury where you can find refreshment at the Red Lion Pub with its thatched roof and outdoor seating with views of the stones. The stones cover a wide area and date from the Neolithic and Bronze ages. Avebury is classified as a World Heritage Site.
The walk then heads into the surrounding countryside making use of the White Horse Trail long distance walk. You follow the path to Windmill Hill near Winterbourne Monkton. The hill dates from the early Neolithic period and is the largest causewayed enclosure in Britain. From the hill there are wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. After soaking in the views you descend the hill and then follow good footpaths and country lanes back into the village.
Avebury is located a few miles west of Marlborough. If you are coming by bike then there are good National Cycle Network routes running from Marlborough.
You can also use the google streetview link on this page to virtually explore the site.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could continue south along the White Horse Trail to the nearby Silbury Hill. Here you will find the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe. Heading west along the waymarked trail will take you to the Cherhill White Horse and the 120ft high Lansdowne Monument.
PostcodeSN8 1RF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Avebury Stones Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Avebury Stones Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Avebury Stones OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Avebury Stones Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
After your walk you could head to the nearby Red Lion pub (Postcode:SN8 1RF). This quaint thatched pub has outdoor seats and was built above an ancient well. The pub has views directly into the inner part of the circle so is located just a stones throw away from the site! There's also the nearby Waggon & Horses pub (Postcode:SN8 1QJ). This delightful thatched country pub-restaurant, was built in 1669, and includes log fires and an eclectic food menu.
Dogs are welcome at the site but please keep them on a lead as sheep graze nearby.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head just a mile south of the stones and you could enjoy a short climb to the noteworthy West Kennet Long Barrow. Here you'll find one of the largest, most impressive and most accessible Neolithic chambered tombs in the country.
Head east from the site on the Wessex Ridgeway and you will soon come to Fyfield Down National Nature Reserve and the Grey Wethers. These ancient stones are considered the best assemblage of sarsen stones in England.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Wessex Downs Walks page.