GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Roundway Hill

3 miles (5.5 km)

Visit this historically significant hill on this interesting walk in Devizes. The hill is the site of a famous Civil War battle where aRoyalistcavalry force underLord Wilmotwon a crushing victory over theParliamentarians in 1643. You'll also visit the iron age hillfort of Oliver's Castle and enjoy views of the Devizes White Horse and the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.
The walk starts from the Roundway Hill car park next to Oliver's Castle. You could also easily walk to the site from Devizes by following the Wessex Ridgeway north for about two miles. You can then follow a circular route around the site for about 4 miles. There's also the option of exploring the woodland of the Roundway Hill Covert with its 68 acres of broadleaf woodland.
This route is designed for walkers but the area is also good for mountain biking with trails running across Roundway Hill and the adjacent Beacon Hill.
To extend your walk you can continue along the Wessex Ridgeway towards Morgan's Hill where you can pick up the Wansdyke Path. It's located about two miles north east of the car park at the start of this walk.
You could also visit the nearby Cherhill White Horse which is also located near Morgan's Hill.

Postcode

SN10 2JD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Roundway Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Roundway Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Hourglass is in a lovely location right next to the canal in Devizes. From the terrace garden there are lovely views over the water to the surrounding countryside. It's a great place to relax and watch the boats go by on warm summer days. They have an excellent menu and can be found at Horton Avenue with a postcode of SN10 2RH.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For an easier walk head south into Devizes where you can try the Devizes and Caen Hill Locks Walk along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks and the North Wessex Downs Walks pages.

Photos

South from Roundway Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1369696

The view south from the hill. Looking down on Roundway Hill Farm. The north east part of Devizes is beyond, straggling along the A361. The crop in the foreground field is probably wheat.

Roundway hill - geograph.org.uk - 57773

Roundway hill viewed from Oliver's Castle

Looking east from Roundway Hill - geograph.org.uk - 871918

Looking east from the hill. Along the northern slopes of the Vale of Pewsey, which is to our right. Easton Hill, SU0564 Kitchen Barrow Hill, SU0664 Tan Hill SU0964 and Clifford's Hill SU0863 are there with Milk Hill behind.

Meadow at the base of Roundway Hill - geograph.org.uk - 198014

Meadow at the base of the hill. The centre of the image shows the woodland which surrounds the spring of Mother Anthony's Well.

Roundway Hill with Bishops Cannings - geograph.org.uk - 1369702

Looking due east towards Bishops Cannings village and church. The bottom of Clifford's Hill is in the background.

Balloon and Roundway Hill Covert, near Heddington - geograph.org.uk - 1538496

Balloon and Roundway Hill Covert, near Heddington. Shows a G-KNIX hot air balloon gliding above the hill. The windspeed was very low and the progress of the balloon was correspondingly sedate.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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