Pewsey Downs from Wootton Rivers

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
No. 293119
A Wootton Rivers walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 15/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h00[?]
Distance Distance : 7.85mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 482ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 479ft
Highest point Highest point : 915ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 413ft
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°
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Description

(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 : mi 0 - alt. 433ft - Start: Wootton Rivers village hall
1 : mi 0.37 - alt. 453ft - Leave road on left
2 : mi 1.23 - alt. 656ft - Turn left along Mud Lane
3 : mi 2.62 - alt. 850ft - Continue ahead at path junction
4 : mi 4.67 - alt. 463ft - Cross Sunnyhill Lane and take path opposite
D/A : mi 7.85 - alt. 436ft - Finish: Wootton Rivers village hall

Useful Information

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.6/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.6/5
Routemap quality : 4.6/5
Walk interest : 4.6/5


Walker
on Mon 07 Oct 2019 11:28:35 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 04/10/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

The directions were very vague, providing no useful details at all about things to look out for at crucial turns up on the downs. The author seemed to assume everyone would be travelling with some GPS device.


Walker
on Mon 01 Jul 2019 10:14:17 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 30/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk through beautiful countryside. A couple of climbs but wonderful views at the top. To finish the walk you do a couple of miles along the canal. A very varied walk which I enjoyed very much.


Walker
on Mon 17 Jun 2019 12:01:36 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We have done the walk on Saturday 12/June/2019.
Weather was ok, with some rain in the middle. (Lovely typical British weather...)
Views are superb!
Grazing cows everywhere (watch out: cow s....t everywhere). The mud lane was ok, whilst I agree that the name of the lane is very descriptive, it is not that bad, and there is enough places on the side to walk and not get too dirty.

Although it is not according to the current GPX file, I recommend to go to the 'Martinsell Viewpoint' (marked in mapsme.com and in https://www.openstreetmap.org/search?que... ) it is well worth a short (~500 meters) change to the walk. And from Martinsell viewpoint the path continue and you can easily continue the walk... (i.e. no need to return on the path that you arrived to the viewpoint).

Enjoy!


Walker
on Wed 11 Apr 2018 09:01:49 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 09/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Did a variation and Parked at Oare then walked the route in reverse, lunching at Wootton Rivers
Route was very muddy, especially at Mud Lane and the towpath along the canal was muddier then I expected. Weather was not good, but the views were still good. Saw deer in the field below Mud Lane.
Altogether a very pleasant if damp and muddy walk.


Walker
on Mon 12 Mar 2018 12:06:57 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

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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