Pewsey Downs from Wootton Rivers

A Wootton Rivers walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 15/09/16

This Wiltshire walk climbs onto the Pewsey Downs from where there are excellent views across the Vale of Pewsey. The route uses a number of national trails before returning along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal and offers a range of scenery from rolling downs to the open aspect of the Vale of Pewsey.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h00[?]
Distance Distance : 12.64km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 147m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 146m
Highest point Highest point : 279m
Lowest point Lowest point : 126m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wootton Rivers
Starting point Starting point : N 51.364943° / W 1.71646°
Download : GPX track


(D/A)The start is the small car park adjacent to the village hall in the village of Wootton Rivers (grid ref. SU197630). Exit the car park and walk north through the village to join the Mid Wilts Way which leaves the road on your left at grid ref. SU197634.

(1)Follow this path north for just under a mile climbing onto the downs. Reaching a path junction at grid ref. SU199642 turn left, following the Mid Wilts Way and continue when the path turns right to meet Mud Lane (grid ref. SU198646).

(2)Turn left along Mud Lane for two miles continuing along the Mid Wilts Way. The way ahead climbs steadily across the rolling downs crossing a lane at grid ref. SU183645. Continue straight ahead with a steep escarpment to your left with an excellent view across the Vale of Pewsey. Reaching a path junction (grid ref. SU176642) continue straight ahead.

(3)At a cross-path (grid ref. SU174641) go straight ahead and continue along the southern edge of Withy Copse to reach a cross path (grid ref. SU171641). Turn left here to join the White Horse Trail to continue along a ridge passing Giant's Grave. Continue to descend to a cross path (grid ref. SU161628). Go straight across and continue south to reach Sunnyhill Lane (grid ref. SU161622).

(4)Cross Sunnyhill Lane and take the path opposite remaining on the White Horse Trail to reach Pains Bridge (grid ref. SU164611) on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Turn left along the canal towpath for two and a half miles of easy walking back to Wootton Rivers.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Wootton Rivers village hall
1 : km 0.59 - alt. km 0.59 - Leave road on left
2 : km 1.98 - alt. km 1.98 - Turn left along Mud Lane
3 : km 4.21 - alt. km 4.21 - Continue ahead at path junction
4 : km 7.52 - alt. km 7.52 - Cross Sunnyhill Lane and take path opposite
D/A : km 12.64 - alt. km 12.64 - Finish: Wootton Rivers village hall

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Opinions and comments


Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4.00/4
Routemap quality : 4.00/4
Walk interest : 4.00/4
Global average : 4.00/4

on Mon 12 Mar 2018 12:06:57 CET : Re: Pewsey Downs from Wootton Rivers

Date of walk : 12/03/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk! Varied and interesting. Awesome views. Decided to walk up to the Fort rather than around it - really glad I did!

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