A leisurely, midsummer’s evening walk in the historic Avebury Area. We start from the Old Bath Road/Wessex Ridgeway and head towards Avebury passing Beckhampton Long Barrow, followed by the field with the Long Stones (Adam and Eve). We can make a short detour over a stile to walk through the wildflower meadow, up to the stones, then back to the route. We head into Avebury Trusloe, and out on a byway (views to barrows on Windmill Hill); then we head back towards the downs. We return over Knoll Down.
If the sun is shining, there will still be butterflies flying and we should be able to hear corn buntings. Notes on the setting and wildlife will be provided.
A fairly easy walk along bridleways and byways, with one optional stile (to get closer to Long Stones); 63m ascent.
Walk leader/organisation: Judy Hible, North West Wiltshire Ramblers
- Booking: Free – Booking essential – 20 places
- Distance & approximate duration: 3 miles (4.8 km) – 1.5 hours
- Difficulty: Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles).
- Accessibility: Family friendly. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult (see useful information). Just about accessible for prams/pushchairs (with help). Not suitable for wheelchairs.
- Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome
- Refreshments: Bring snacks and drinks as needed. There are no amenities on the route (see below).
- Toilets: There are no public toilets on the route (see below).
- Meeting point: Layby on the A4 (the Ridgeway/Old Bath Road), 0.7 miles north-west of Beckhampton; nearest postcode: SN11 8WP. What3Words: shopper.optimists.amuse. OS grid reference: SU 076 692.
- Public transport: The walk is after the last bus. If you would like a lift from Chippenham or Calne, see below.
- Parking: Parking in layby on the A4 (the Ridgeway/Old Bath Road), 0.7 miles north-west of Beckhampton.
For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.
If you would like a lift from Chippenham or Calne, please contact the walk leader after booking (their number will be on your booking confirmation).
For refreshments and toilets, the Waggon & Horses pub can be found on the A4, Marlborough, SN8 1QJ.
For information about the World Heritage site, see Avebury | National Trust.
The Ridgeway is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a National Trail this year. There’s a Ridgeway Top 50 and other special events planned. For more information, see Ridgeway Anniversary and National Trails.
For more information and other walks, see North West Wiltshire Ramblers.
For general information on the Ramblers and to find other groups and walks near you, see Ramblers.
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