GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

West Kennet Long Barrow

1 miles (1.5 km)

This walk visits a particularly impressive Neolithic chambered tomb in Wiltshire. The tomb has a fascinating history dating back over 5 thousand years to around the 37th century BC.
The walk starts from the parking lay-by just to the north of the site. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south for about half a mile. It's a short climb with fine views over the area from the high points. Silbury Hill, the East Kennet Barrow, the Sanctuary and Windmill Hill are visible on a fine day. You can also explore inside the atmospheric ancient tomb and read about the history on the English Heritage supplied information boards.

Postcode

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

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West Kennet Long Barrow OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

West Kennet Long Barrow Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

Only assistance dogs are allowed at the site.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north of the site you can enjoy a climb to Silbury Hill. The hill stands at a height of 30 metres (98ft) making it the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe.
About a mile or so north of the car park there's the famous Avebury Stones to explore as well.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Wessex Downs Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

West Kennett Long Barrow earthworks - geograph.org.uk - 281992

West Kennett Long Barrow earthworks. These earthworks are around 100 metres long, making it one of the longest neolithic burial mounds in Britain. Its excavated stone chambers at the eastern end usually get the most attention (see various other photographs). The long mound bears the scars of 5000 years of existence, which show up well in this low autumnal sunlight.

Path leading up to West Kennett Long Barrow - geograph.org.uk - 281997

Path leading up to the site. West Kennett long barrow is on the ridge of a chalk hill, about half a mile to the south of Pan Bridge on the A4 road. This well-worn path up the hillside is underlaid with a plastic matrix to try and reduce wear and tear from visitors' feet - it was laid in the summer of 2005 and the grass has now re-established.

West Kennet long barrow entrance - geograph.org.uk - 1877235

West Kennet long barrow entrance

Avebury - The River Kennet - geograph.org.uk - 721240

Avebury

West Kennet Long Barrow - panoramio (1)

View from the top

Side Entrance to West Kennet Long Barrow

Side Entrance

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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