A gentle walk through the ancient woodlands of Bedwyn and Wilton Brails accompanied by Richard Charles, custodian of the Brails, who will explain about the history of the area and its management today

Walkers will hear about the Roman villa site, proposed site of a Tudor mansion, 17th century landscaping and 19th century brickworks, and how these have all left their trace on the landscape. The walk will also include information on the current woodland management.

After the walk, visitors may wish to lunch at The Swan Inn, Wilton, or picnic at Wilton Windmill.

Walk leader/organisation: Judy Haynes, Bedwyn Footpaths Group

Walk Information

  • Booking: Free. Donations appreciated on the day for Wiltshire Air Ambulance; suggested donation £5.00 – Booking essential – 20 places
  • Distance & approximate duration: 3.25 miles (5.25 km) – 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles).
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for children. Not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • Dogs: No dogs
  • Refreshments: Bring snacks and drinks as needed. For optional refreshments, we pass the Swan Inn, Wilton, at the end of the walk (see below). Walkers are also welcome to picnic at the Windmill after the walk.
  • Toilets: There is a toilet at Wilton Windmill.
  • Meeting point: Wilton Windmill, Wilton, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3SW. What3Words: conveys.runner.radiated. OS grid reference: SU 276 616.
  • Public transport: Trains available to Bedwyn, see Great Western Railways. The meeting point is about 2.25 miles from the station.
  • Parking: Free parking as directed in the field adjacent to the Windmill (not in the grounds of the Windmill), SN8 3SW. Parking is by kind permission of David Lemon.

For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.

Further Information

This event is free, but donations to Wiltshire Air Ambulance are welcomed on the day; suggested donation £5.00.

There is an excellent pub – The Swan Inn – in Wilton village. We recommend you book a table if you plan to have lunch there after the walk: 01672 870274. The pub is a few minutes’ walk back to Wilton Windmill.

Wilton Windmill is open for guided tours on Sunday afternoons in summer (Easter-September), see Wilton Windmill.

Bedwyn Footpaths Group encourages walking for health and wellbeing, and helps to care for our network of lovely paths. See Bedwyn Footpaths Group.

Richard Charles is a member of Southern Streams, a farming cluster group, improving clean water, biodiversity, soil health and woodland management. See Southern Streams.

This walk is brought to you by our partner:

Bedwyn Footpaths Group

Footpath near Wilton © Jennie Collins/Bedwyn Footpaths Group