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Avebury forms part of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, celebrated for its extraordinary collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments. Join Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger (Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service) and Claire Selman (Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership) to discover how this fascinating landscape was used 5,000 years ago.

The walk will cover 3-4 miles in total, exploring within and beyond the western part of the Avebury World Heritage Site, and will take 2.5-3 hours. Walking conditions will be moderately easy, on mostly tarmac or gravel footpaths, with only a little uphill.

Please come dressed in clothing appropriate for the weather conditions on the day, and wear footwear suitable for walking on public footpaths across country. Please bring your own food and refreshments. A personal supply of water is essential during hot weather. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join us. 

Walk leader/organisation: Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger and Claire Selman, Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service

Walk information

  • Booking: Free – Booking essential – 20 places
  • Distance & approximate duration: 4 miles (6.4 km) – 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, possible steps/stiles).
  • Accessibility: Suitable for older children (12+). Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult (see useful information). Not suitable for wheelchairs or prams/pushchairs.
  • Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome.
  • Refreshments: Bring snacks and drinks as needed. There are no places to purchase refreshments on the route (see below).
  • Toilets: There are no toilets on the route (see below).
  • Meeting point: The Gallops car park (the layby on the A4, 0.7 miles northwest of Beckhampton), SN11 8WP. What3Words: shopper.optimists.amuse. OS grid reference: SU 076 692. Google Maps.
  • Public transport: None available.
  • Parking: Free parking at the Gallops car park, SN11 8WP.

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

Further information

There are public toilets in Calne and Marlborough (6 miles from the meeting point) or private facilities (pubs) in and around Avebury (1 mile and under). Try The Red Lion at Avebury or the Waggon & Horses at Beckhampton.

For more information about Avebury World Heritage Site, see Stonehenge and Avebury.

This walk is brought to you by our partner:

Avebury landscape © Claire Selman