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|Avebury’s World Heritage Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 28 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A six mile circular loop from the pre-historically important village of Avebury in Wiltshire. The area is heavily populated with prehistoric sites which appear on the World Heritage List and you will be able to see many of these up close and also have chance to explore a couple – the Avebury Stone Circles and the West Kennet Long Barrow. |
The walk has several steady but long climbs and descents and the paths, whilst good for most of the year, can be quite muddy after wet weather and in winter. There are several gates plus five stiles (all with open fencing making them easy for most dogs) and some of the fields are likely to be holding sheep and/or cattle. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
The village of Avebury in Wiltshire is situated about 5 miles west of Marlborough and is just north of the A4. The central village parking is reserved for local residents and so the walk starts from the tourist car park on the A4361 Beckhampton Road. The car park is managed by the National Trust and is free to members (and members of English Heritage) and costs £7 per day for others (Aug 2016). Approximate post code SN8 1RF.
|Start to A4|
Start point: 51.4256 lat, -1.8579 long
From the National Trust car park, go back out onto the main road (A4361) and turn right. After just a few paces cross over the road to turn left through a gate marked with a blue arrow. Keep ahead through the next gate, also marked with a blue arrow, and follow the riverside path.
|A4 to West Kennet Long Barrow|
Start point: 51.4143 lat, -1.8524 long
Cross over the A4 with care into the lay-by opposite. Turn left along the tarmac pavement and then turn right through a metal kissing gate onto the path signed to West Kennet Long Barrow. (Note there may be cattle in this field). Follow the wide stone path directly ahead, passing over the stream bridge and on through another metal kissing gate.
|West Kennet Long Barrow to Lane|
Start point: 51.4086 lat, -1.8503 long
Take time to explore the Long Barrow. Dating back 5,500 years, the Neolithic barrow is one of best preserved examples of a chambered burial tomb in southern England. Archaelogical excavations found at least 46 burials here and it is thought the burial chamber was in use for nearly 1,000 years.
|Lane to Ridgeway|
Start point: 51.4083 lat, -1.835 long
Turn left along the lane and go over the river bridge with distinctive white railings. Immediately afterwards turn right onto the grass track with open fields sloping up the left and the river running across to the right.
|Ridgeway to Manor Farm|
Start point: 51.4118 lat, -1.8305 long
On the right you will see some tumuli on Overton Hill and a lovely view of the church between them. Keep ahead alongside the wooden gate to join the wide chalk track of The Ridgeway.
|Manor Farm to End|
Start point: 51.4314 lat, -1.8415 long
Turn left to pass in front of the farm buildings and follow the track as it becomes a quiet lane passing a couple of private properties on the left. Before you reach the buildings ahead, look out for a crossroads with wooden gates each side.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
parking now £7, but can finish with an ice cream from the local shop, bonus!
|By Rachaelelley on 14 Aug 2016|
As a parking alternative, there is free parking near "the Sanctuary" and "Silbury Hill", both on the route!
|By Tankosl on 23 Nov 2016|
Excellent walk and some beautiful views!
|By trig9966 on 01 Apr 2017|
Gladys: This is a 5-star iFootpath walk. It is absolutely stunning. There is nothing better than walking in the open listening to larks and chiff-chafs and stopping off at these magnificent monuments. A gorgeous walk with satisfying purpose.
|By Facebook on 03 Apr 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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