GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Silbury Hill

1 miles (2 km)

This circular walk takes you around the Silbury Hill ancient monument near Avebury in Wiltshire. The hill stands at a height of 30 metres (98ft) making it the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe. It is thought to have been created around 2400 BC, though its original purpose is up for debate. Silbury is part of theStonehenge, Avebury and Associated SitesUNESCOWorld Heritage Site, making it a significant historical site.
The walk starts from the car park off the A4, next to the hilll. You follow a good footpath around the hill and cross the River Kennet, before picking up the White Horse Trail to take you along the river. Look out for water voles on this section of the walk. A path along the A4 leads back to the car park.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could follow the White Horse Trail to the fascinating Avebury Stone Circle which lies less than a mile to the north of Silbury Hill. Head west along the waymarked trail and you will soon arrive at the Cherhill White Horse which is also well worth a visit.

Postcode

SN8 1QH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Pubs/Cafes

After your walk you could head to the Red Lion pub (Postcode:SN8 1RF) at Avebury. 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 Averbury Stone 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.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of the hill you could enjoy another 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 Avebury 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 ofsarsenstones in England.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks and the North Wessex Downs Walks pages.

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Photos

Silbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 776

Silbury Hill. The largest man-made earthwork in Europe.

Meadow beside Silbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1347816

Meadow beside Silbury Hill. The meadow extends from the A4 (photo taken from viewpoint at car park) across to the River Kennet (inSU1068), which flows along the foot of Waden Hill in the background.

Autumnal oak near Swallowhead Springs - geograph.org.uk - 281986

Autumnal oak near Swallowhead Springs. On the right an oak tree alongside the path from the A4 road layby to West Kennett long barrow, close to Swallowhead Springs. On the left in the distance is Silbury Hill.

River Kennet between Avebury and Silbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 282009

River Kennet between Avebury and Silbury Hill. The muddy bridleway from Avebury to the hill's car park runs along the eastern bank of the River Kennet, which is a large stream at this point. The shady side of the hill can be seen across the water meadow and the West Kennett long barrow is visible as a long dark shadow on the ridge in the distance, towards the left of the photo. The Ordnance Survey map labels the river as ending in a single "t" (Kennet) whereas the surrounding placenames that incorporate the name end in a double "t" (West Kennett).

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Memory Map Route

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