Walking Routes in Wiltshire

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 Wiltshire Walks
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Avon Valley Path34 miles (55 km)This wonderful path takes you from Salisbury to Christchurch on the South Coast.
You start by the magnificent cathedral in Salisbury and head south towards Downton. The path then continues through Woodgreen and Godshill Wood before you arrive at the lovely Hampshire town of Fordingridge.
The next section is particularly pleasant taking you along the River Avon to Ibsley where the path passes through the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve which has a variety of wildlife to enjoy.
The final section then follows the river into Christchurch where you finish at the priory.
For more information on this walk please click here
Barbury Castle Country Park4 miles (7 km)Barbury Castle Country Park is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Local Nature Reserve and part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Part of the iron-age hillfort situated in the park has remained undisturbed since ancient times and is one of the best examples of its type. This circular walk takes you on a tour of the park which commands a splendid view across the Cotswolds and the River Severn.
Barton Farm Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)This delightful country park is conveniently situated near Bradford On Avon town centre. The park is located next to the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal so is perfect for leisurely waterside walking. There are also historic buildings, craft shops and tea rooms while the farmhouse, granary and tithe barn of the original Barton Farm date back to the 14th century.
Biss Meadows Country Park4 miles (7 km)Enjoy a peaceful riverside walk or cycle along the River Biss in this lovely country park in Trowbridge. The park has a series of nicely laid out paths so makes for a nice traffic free cycle or walk. Biss Meadows is located very near Trowbridge town centre so is easily accessible. There's also a variety of wildlife with herons and Kingfishers visitors to the park.
Chippenham to Calne Railway Path6 miles (10 km)This is a nice easy cycle or walk along the disused railway path from Chippenham to Calne. It follows NCN route 403 and includes lovely riverside runs along the River Avon and the River Marden. The route is almost entirely traffic free so is an ideal option for a family cycle ride or easy walk
Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway Path9 miles (14 km)This is a nice easy cycle or walking route along the now disused Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway.
It starts in Marlborough where you cross the River Kennet and head into the countryside along the path. You will pass through the pretty villages of Ogbourne St Andrew and Ogbourne St George before finishing at Chiseldon. This is a nice easy, traffic free ride so ideal families looking for a safe route. This route is also suitable for walkers looking for a peaceful easy walk.
This route links nicely with the Chiseldon Timberland Trail which runs on from Chiseldon to Swindon.
Chiseldon Timberland Trail4 miles (6.5 km)This short easy cycle or walk trail runs from Swindon to Chiseldon along the the old Swindon to Marlborough railway line.
The trail starts near Swindon Country Cricket Ground and heads to the lovely Coate Water Country Park where you can hire boats or try your hand at the crazy golf. The route then joins the disused railway path which takes you to Chiseldon and includes a stretch through a delightful bluebell wood. For walkers the best start point is at Coate Water where there is parking next to the trail start.
Clarendon Way24 miles (39 km)Travel from Hampshire into Wiltshire on the Clarendon Way and enjoy some wonderful scenery.
The path starts next to Salisbury Cathedral and heads through Clarendon Park and past the ruins of Clarendon Palace before a short wooded section takes you to Pitton.
You then cross the hills to West and Middle Winterslow and descend into Broughton where you join a lovely country lane that takes you onto Houghton.
Here you cross the River Test on your way to King's Somborne. Another wooded section through Parnholt woods then leads to the beautiful Farley Mount Country Park where at the highest point there is a pyramid shaped folly that gives the park its name.
The final section sees the walker descend into Winchester, passing through the outskirts and then along the River Itchen to finish next to the cathedral.
Coate Water Country Park3 miles (5 km)This is a short circular walk around the delightful Coate Water Country Park in Swindon. The walk begins at the car park and takes you around the 70-acre lake and through the wildflower meadows. The park is a great place to bird watch with Herons, Shags and Grebes among the visitors to the lake. Also look out for deer and foxes in the wildflower meadows. The park also has a Ranger Centre and Information Point and a pitch and putt.
Although the route below is devised for walkers the park also has a cycle path running along the lake. For more details visit the Information Point at the car park.
Cotswold Canals41 miles (66 km)Follow a series of delightful waterways from Framilode to Lechlade on this waterside walk through Gloucestershire.
The walk starts at Framilode, next to the River Severn and folows the Stroudwater Canal and the River Frome to the market town of Stroud. You continue to Sapperton, following the River Frome and the Thames and Severn Canal. A wooded section through Hayley Wood follows before coming to Kemble where you will pass the source of the River Thames.
From Kemble you head to the village of Siddington and then on to South Cerney where you will pass the fabulous Cotswold Water Park which boasts 150 lakes, Nature Reserves and plenty of options for refreshment.
The final section takes you through the countryside towards Kempsford, passing the River Colne and the Fairford/Lechlade section of the Cotswold Water Park before arriving at the finish point at Lechlade.
There's much to enjoy on this walk with several waterside sections along various canals, rivers and lakes. There are also a series of quaint Cotswold villages with ancient churches, historic watermills and pretty waterside pubs for refreshment.
Cotswold Country Park6 miles (9 km)This country park is located in the Cotswolds Water Park at Ashton Keynes on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border. The Park includes the largest inland beach in the UK, boat hire, crazy golf, a cafe and two lakes.
Cotswold Water Park10 miles (16 km)This fabulous attraction has numerous waterside cycling and walking paths taking you around the park's 150 lakes. There are 40 square miles to explore within the water park but with the Thames Path National Trail and National Cycle Network route 45 running through the park there is great scope for continuing your exercise along these trails (bike hire is available in the park). There is a wide variety of wildlife to see too - look out for otters, water voles and beavers.
The western section of the park shown in the map is located between Swindon and Cirencester. There is also an eastern section located near Fairford and Lechlade.
Dinton Park5 miles (8 km)Explore the extensive parkland and woodland surrounding this Neo-Grecian house in Dinton, Salisbury.
Imber Range Perimeter Path30 miles (48 km)This circular walking path takes you around the perimeter of a military training firing range located on Salisbury Plain.
It starts and ends near Westbury and passes through Tilshead, Chitterne and the outskirts of Warminster. Points of interest include White Barrow - a large Neolithic long barrow near Tilshead and the Westbury White Horse on the Salisbury Plain escarpment dating from 1778. You will also pass the MOD's urban warfare training centre at Copehill Down near Chitterne.
There's much to enjoy on this walk, including terrific views across Salisbury Plain and the Wiltshire and Somerset countryside. Wild orchids and wide variety of birdlife are also common in the summer months.
For a full guide to the path from the MOD please click here
Kennet and Avon Canal Walk76 miles (122 km)A splendid waterside walk from the Thames at Reading, through Thatcham, Hungerford, Pewsey, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon to Bath. Most of the walk follows the towpath making for an easy, relaxing walk.
The route of the Kennet & Avon Canal takes you through some of the nation's best loved landscapes, including West Berkshire - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and the southern tip of the rolling Cotswolds. Highlights include the delightful Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Caen Hill Locks (video below), Cane Avoncliff Aqueduct, Claverton Pumping Station, numerous pretty canalside villages and the historic city of Bath.
King Alfreds Trail9 miles (14 km)Take a pad and pencil with you on this delightful circular walk around Pewsey and take brass rubbings of the engraved plaques along the route. The plaques have been developed by Wiltshire Walking for All and feature images of animals, insects and plants that you might see on the walk. The route also includes a pleasant waterside section along the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Good places to stop for refreshment include Pewsey Wharf and the pub by the village green at Wilcot.
Lacock Abbey and Village2 miles (3.5 km)Explore the picturesque streets and historic buildings of Lacock Village before a visit to the beautiful Lacock Abbey set within its own delightful woodland grounds. The walk also takes you along the River Avon which runs past the village.
The abbey has ground floor medieval cloisters and first floor family rooms to explore. It started as an abbey and nunnery, then turned into a Tudor family home and became known as the birthplace of photography when William Henry Fox Talbot took the first photographic negative on the site. The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates his life and work with a number of fascinating displays including the famous first negative of the oriel window at Lacock Abbey taken in 1835. Some interior sequences in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were also filmed at Lacock.
The abbey grounds are perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll. You can follow footpaths to the woodland garden, rose garden, the apple orchard and then along the Bide Brook stream.
Lacock Village has picturesque streets and historic buildings untouched by modern alterations. On your walk you will find quaint cottages, the old workhouse, the village tithe barn, the old lock-up and the church. The village has been used numerous times by television companies. BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and Cranford, and the films Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Wolfman were filmed in Lacock.
Lacock is located near Chippenham in Wiltshire. The North Wiltshire Rivers Route runs past the village so is a good option if you would like to continue your walk.
Land's End Trail303 miles (488 km)This terrific trail runs for over 300 miles from Avebury in Wiltshire, through Devon and Somerset to Land's End in Cornwall.
The walk has been spit into a number of manageable stages as follows
1 Land’s End
2 Bosullow Common
3 St. Erth
4 Leedstown
5 Beacon, Camborne
6 Chiverton Cross
7 Mitchell
8 Tregonetha
9 Dunmere Bridge
10 St. Breward
11 Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
12 Minions
13 Callington
14 Tavistock
15 Lydford
16 Belstone
17 Sampford Courtenay
18 Chulmleigh
19 South Molton
20 Dulverton
21 Wiveliscombe
22 Bishop’s Lydeard
23 Bridgwater
24 Glastonbury
25 Bruton
26 Warminster
27 Market Lavington
28 Avebury

The walk is waymarked with a Yellow chevron for most of the way. The link below includes excellent pdf route guides for each stage.
Leland Trail28 miles (45 km)Follow in the footsteps of royal librarian John Leland during his 16th century survey of Britain's churches and priories.
You start at King Alfred's Tower at the north-western edge of the Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire and head west towards Bruton and Castle Cary in Somerset. The route continues to South Cadbury where you will pass Cadbury Castle Iron Age Hill Fort before coming to the pretty village of Queen Camel. The next section takes you to Yeovilton with a short stretch along the River Yeo leading you through the village and on towards Ilchester. The path then turns south towards Montacute where you will pass the National Trust owned 16th century mansion at Montacute House and the delightful Ham Hill Country Park. The final stretch takes you on to the finish point at Ham Hill Country Park where you will find splendid views of the Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Dorset Downs.
Lydiard Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Located on the edge of Swindon is this splendid park with 260 acres of lawns, woodlands and pasture for visitors to walk or cycle through. Here you will find the beautifully-restored State Rooms of Lydiard House, with its original furnishings and portrait gallery. There is also an ornamental fruit and flower Walled Garden and a children's play area.
Macmillan Way290 miles (467 km)This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The route starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to Bourne before joining the limestone belt. You then head to Stamford and then along the shoreline of Rutland Water to Oakham. The trail then heads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then into the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. After leaving the Cotswolds you follow the path through Somerset passing Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section to Abbotsbury via Sherborne.
The route joins with other popular trails including the Viking Way at Oakham, the Thames Path National Trail near Thames Head and with the South West Coast Path towards the end of the route.
The Macmillan Way is well waymarked with a green and white disc.
Mid-Wilts Way68 miles (109 km)A 68-mile walking route that takes in some of Wiltshire’s finest countryside and downland areas. The walk runs from the village of Ham (near Inkpen) to Mere (near Warminster).
You will visit a series of pretty villages including Wilton, Wootton Rivers, Oare, Seend Cleeve, Keevil, Steeple Ashton, Bratton, Upton Scudamore, Horningham and Kingston Deverill. The walk includes several hill climbs with fabulous views of the Wiltshire countryside. There are also long waterside sections along the Kennet and Avon Canal and a section through Longleat Center Parcs towards the end of the walk.
The route is now officially open and has been waymarked with discrete MWW discs. The Visit Wiltshire website has some excellent downloadable guides . Please note the route has recently been extended so this link does not include the full current route.
Monarch's Way615 miles (990 km)This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
The Monarch's Way starts at Worcester then travels north to Boscobel and then south to Stratford upon Avon. It then continues south through the Cotswolds to Stow on the Wold before turning south west towards Bristol via Cirencester. The route then heads south through the Mendip Hills to Wells and then on through Somerset towards Yeovil and then south west to Charmouth. You then follow the Dorset coast before turning north again to Yeovil, before heading east across the Downs to Brighton and then onto the finish point at Shoreham-by-Sea.
The walk also takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those interested in the history of the walk there is ample opportunity to learn and discover more with a series of museums and historical sites dotted throughout the route.
The walk is waymarked with a picture of the ship The Surprise, the Prince of Wales crown and the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel House.
The route has been split into two separate gpx files. The first includes the section from Worcester to Bridport via the Midlands and Somerset. The second runs from Sandford Orcas to the finish point at Shoreham-By-Sea.
Monarch's Way GPS 1 (right click save as)
Monarch's Way GPS 2 (right click save as)
North Wiltshire Rivers Route25 miles (40 km)This is a an excellent, largely off road, cycling and walking path that runs along NCN route 4 from Melksham to Avebury. It takes you to historic towns and villages, along delightful rivers and through some splendid Wiltshire countryside.
The route starts by the River Avon in Melksham and heads towards the historic village of Lacock where you will find the National Trust owned Lackock Abbey.. The route continues through Chippenham where you can enjoy another riverside stretch along the River Avon and then along the River Marden to Calne. The final section takes you through Cherhill, where you will pass the Cherhill White Horse, and then onto Avebury with its fascinating ancient stones. You can explore the site of the Avebury Stones using google street view below.
Old Sarum Way33 miles (53 km)This circular route takes you on tour through the river valleys, woodland and downland around Salisbury.
There is some beautiful scenery to enjoy including views of the Rivers Avon, Ebble and Bourne. You will also pass through a series of peaceful villages including South Newton, Alderbury, Burcombe, Downton, Durnford and Charlton with pretty thatched cottages and quaint pubs to enjoy.
Palladian Way118 miles (190 km)Walk from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire on this trail named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture.
The walk runs from Buckingham to Brackley, Woodstock, Burford, Cirecncester, Malmesbury and then Bath.
You can enjoy waterside sections along the Oxford Canal near Kirtlington and along the River Windrush between Woodstock and Burford. There is also a section through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside around Burford.
Other route highlights include the National Trust Owned Stowe House and Gardens, and the magnificent Blenheim Palace - birthplace of Winston Churchill (video below)
Pewsey Avon Trail28 miles (45 km)A delightful walk along the River Avon from Pewsey to Salisbury that links with the River Avon Trail. You will pass several pretty riverside villages including Upavon, Amesbury and Upper and Lower Woodford.
There are fine views of Salisbury Plain and a series of picturesque riverside pubs if you're in need of refreshment. There is also an abundance of water loving wildlife to look out for.
Salisbury Country Way61 miles (98 km)A super circular walk through the countryside around Salisbury. The walk visits the ancient stone circles at Stonehenge, Compton Park, Downton and also includes a lovely riverside stretch along the River Avon. You can explore the Stonehenge site below using google street view.
Salisbury Off Road Explorer31 miles (50 km)This circular route follows a series of excellent off road tracks around Salisbury. Most of these trails are quite stony so a hybrid or mountain bike is advised.
Since this route is almost entirely off road it is also suitable for walkers looking for a long distance walk.
Southwick Country Park2 miles (4 km)Southwick Country Park is a popular place for walkers with a series of well laid out walking paths linking a series of fields. It is located on the edge of Trowbridge in Wiltshire. This walk takes you through the 100 acre site and into the surrounding countryside where you can see woodpeckers, buzzards and water voles. There is also a nature centre with a tea room.
Stanton Country Park4 miles (6.5 km)Explore this 74-hectare country park and Local Nature Reserve located near Swindon. Here you will find a lake, woodland, grassland, a ranger centre and an abundance of wildlife. The route takes you around the lake, past Stanton Park Farm and into the surrounding countryside before returning to the start point at Stanton Fitzwarren.
Stour Valley Way60 miles (97 km)This splendid walk takes you along the River Stour from Hengistbury Head on the Dorset south coast to Stourton in Wiltshire.
You begin at Hengistbury Head and head inland through Christchurch and then on towards Wimborne Minster via Canford Magna. The route continues through Blandford Forum, Child Okeford and Sturminster Newton. The final section passes Gillingham before finishing at Stourton near the splendid Stourhead Estate and gardens.
Tan Hill Way12 miles (19 km)This walk takes you through the beautiful Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. You will pass Pewsey Downs, Milk Hill, Tan Hill and Morgan's Hill with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside for the duration of the walk.
The start point of the walk is the car park at Clench Common with the finish at Morgan's Hill which is also a nature reserve of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Three Downs Link102 miles (164 km)This is a walking and cycling path following bridleways through Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The trail runs from Exton, in Hampshire, to Dean Hill, near Hungerford. You will pass through open chalk downland, along rivers and canals and through some pretty villages.
The route passes through or near Basingstoke, New Arlesford, Malborough, Winchester, Newbury and Hungerford. It uses the South Downs Way National Trail for part of the route and also links with the Ridgeway National Trail. It is waymarked with a light blue arrow.
For cyclists a mountain bike is advisable as most of the route takes place on off road tracks.
Wansdyke Path12 miles (20 km)Travel through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside on this lovely walk.
The path begins in Marlborough near the famous Marlborough White Horse before passing Knapp Hill and Tan Hill and finishing at Morgan's Hill. The walk passes through a mixture of chalk-land and woodland and with a few climbs offers wonderful views of the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.
Wessex Ridgeway137 miles (221 km)This wonderful trail runs from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Lyme Regis on the Jurassic coast in Dorset. You will pass:
- Overton Down
- The mystical Avebury stone circles
- The White Horse at Bratton
- Wardour Castle ruins
- Ibberton Hill with splendid views
-The Vale of Pewsey
- Salisbury Plain
-Pilsdon Pen - with panoramic views of Marshwood Vale
- Cerne Abbas Giant.
Wessex Ridgeway Trail62 miles (100 km)Follow the Wessex Ridgeway Trail and enjoy specatular views of the Dorset countryside on this shared walking and cycling path.
The trail begins at Tollard Royal in Wiltshire and heads to Hambledon Hill passing through Ashmore Wood and crossing the River Iwerne on the way.
A short section along the river Stour and a wooded spell through Blandford Forest take you to Ibberton and then onto Up Cerne and Maiden Newton. You then head to Beaminster before passing through the beautiful Marshwood Vale and finishing on the jurassic coast at Lyme Regis.
Wylye Way33 miles (53 km)Follow the River Wylye through Wiltshire on this interesting and varied walk.
You start at the splendid Stourhead Gardens - an 18th century landscaped garden owned by the National Trust. You then follow the river through a series of pretty riverside villages including Kingston Deverill, Monkton Deverill and Longbridge Deverill, before a wooded section through Southleigh Wood on the outskirts of Warminster.
The second section takes you through Heytesbury, Codford St Peter and Great Wishford to the finish point at the splendid Wilton House near Salisbury.




 Wiltshire Walking Links
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