GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Great Bedwyn Walk

14 miles (22.2 km)

The villages of Great Bedwyn and Pewsey are located on a lovely stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal in the North Wessex Downs area of Wiltshire. It's a nice walk to do between the two setttlements with several other pretty villages located along the canal too. Great Bedwyn is also an interesting historical place with a noteworthy 12th century church and a fine old pub.
This walk from the village first strolls along the Kennet and Avon Canal Walk to nearby Wilton where you can visit the Wilton Windmill, the only working windmill in Wessex. It then continues to Burbage and Pewsey. It's a fairly easy walk which takes place on mostly flat paths along the canal towpath. On the way there's a series of pretty locks and bridges plus views of the River Dun which flows alongside the canal.
Start the walk at the train station which is located right next to the canal. You can then pick up the towpath and follow it south to Mill Bridge and Crofton. Here you leave the canal to follow footpaths south east past the pretty Wilton Water to Wilton village. From here it is a short stroll to visit the photogenic Wilton Windmill.
The route then returns to the canal and continues west past Freewarren Bridge to Wolfhall Bridge. Here you leave the canal and head south along a footpath a country lane to reach the village of Burbage.
After exploring the village you return to the canal and continue west to Wooton Rivers before coming into Pewsey.

Great Bedwyn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Great Bedwyn Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Three Tuns is a decent village pub where you can enjoy some refreshments after your walk. They do good home cooked food and have a lovely garden to sit out in on warmer days. You can find it on the High Street in Great Bedwyn with a postcode of SN8 3NU for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The canal is a nice place for an easy stroll with your dog and the Three Tuns mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the route you'll also pass the noteworthy Crofton Pumping Station which is one of the most significant industrial heritage sites in the UK. You can learn about theindustrial and social history of the area at this interesting site. It dates from1812 and is the oldest workingbeam enginein the world. Thesteam-poweredpumping stationis well preserved and operates on selected weekends.
If you follow the canal north it will take you to Little Bedwyn and then to Hungerford where you can pick up the Newbury to Kintbury and Hungerford Canal Walk.
In Pewsey you can pick up the Pewsey Avon Trail which takes you along the river to the historical city of Salisbury with its magnificent cathedral.
The Pewsey Walk will take you along the canal and then into the countryside of the Vale of Pewsey and onto Pewsey Downs where there are splendid views from the high points.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks and North Wessex Downs Walks pages.

Photos

Great Bedwyn - geograph.org.uk - 738090

Great Bedwyn. Cottages on the High Street leading up to a pub at the junction with Brown's Lane.

Canal Lock, Kennet Canal at Great Bedwyn - geograph.org.uk - 1470881

Canal Lock, Kennet Canal at Great Bedwyn. A view looking NE down through the canal lock, which serves many passing narrowboats each day along this popular stretch of the Kennet.

Crofton Lock No 60, Kennet and Avon Canal - geograph.org.uk - 419079

Crofton Lock No 60, Kennet and Avon Canal Lock 60, now fully restored and in working order, is the fourth one from the bottom of the Crofton flight. Seen from the western end.

Wilton Water - geograph.org.uk - 1483401

Wilton Water. The natural lake of Wilton Water, 300 or so yards from Crofton Pumping Station was used as a reservoir (after damming a small river to make it larger). The water was raised forty feet into the summit pound by the action of two steam beam engines.

Burbage Wharf - geograph.org.uk - 1327361

Burbage Wharf. Use of a zoom lens brings the roof and chimneys of some of the buildings that comprise the wharf into clearer view, even though the viewpoint is 400 metres away.

Kennet and Avon Canal at Wootton Rivers - geograph.org.uk - 432704

Kennet and Avon Canal at Wootton Rivers

Telephone box and pub sign, Wilton - geograph.org.uk - 1470905

Telephone box and pub sign, Wilton. A K6 style telephone box opposite the Swan Inn. The White Swan is the badge of Henry IV, Edward III and also Anne of Cleves.

Wild flower meadow on a narrow boat, Pewsey Wharf - geograph.org.uk - 1780731

Wild flower meadow on a narrow boat, Pewsey Wharf

GPS Files

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