Welcome to the
North Wessex Downs Walking Festival
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With 28 walks on offer across the length and breadth of the North Wessex Downs our festival is a celebration of the stunning landscapes, gorgeous scenery and top-class walking country that the AONB has to offer – and its 50th Anniversary as a protected landscape.
We have opportunities for you to seek out wildlife, history or culture, visit a farm, follow an accessible trail, picnic with the family, improve your navigation skills or simply to soak up the views from the top of the downs. Many of the walks are free. Join our knowledgeable and welcoming guides to discover more as they bring alive some of their favourite places in the North Wessex Downs.
We are very grateful to all our partners who are helping us by organising and leading walks.
Find the perfect walk for you by either scrolling through the list in ‘List View’ or using the map. You can filter the walks in either view and hit ‘Lets GO’.
We look forward to seeing you!
For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.
A leisurely walk exploring the ancient tracks, flower-studded downlands and scenic panoramas around Barbury Castle and Burderop Downs. This walk explores the landscape immortalised in the acclaimed nature writing of Richard Jefferies; and makes connections to people and places of the past through the words of writers, photos and objects.More Details
A relaxed guided walk for the whole family at Savernake Forest just south of Marlborough, one of England’s most special forests. Children are invited to bring their favourite teddy to join on their woodland adventure! Wheelchair access is possible as the walk uses surfaced paths, but these can be wet and muddy in places after rain.More Details
Located just south of Marlborough, Savernake Forest is one of England’s most special forests with a history reaching back more than 1000 years. This guided walk will take you behind the scenes to learn about how the forest’s unique landscapes and habitats.More Details
This is a lovely walk through some of North Hampshire’s most beautiful countryside. We visit the impressive historic Grade II listed Titt-geared wind engine in the small village of Crux Easton; walk a stretch of the Wayfarer’s Walk with extensive views of Beacon Hill and Ladle Hill, and stop at Heaven’s Gate – an unusual brick-built architectural folly on the Highclere estate.More Details
Starting and ending in the village of Pewsey, this walk goes to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Jones’s Mill Nature Reserve, a very special wetland nature reserve. We continue along the Kennet & Avon Canal and then back into Pewsey village centre.More Details
This is a family focused, educational farm walk in a beautiful location west of Pewsey. It will be about 2 miles in total at an ambling pace, taking around 1.5 hours. Plenty of stops along the way to explain how the farm works and how they encourage and protect wildlife.More Details
This walk takes us into the world of renowned local artist Anna Dillon and aerial landscape photographer Hedley Thorne – the historic landscape of North Wessex Downs is the inspiration for much of their work . This is a walk of billowy downs, sweeping coombs and awesome panoramic views.More Details
A family walk along the riverbanks of the Kennet and the adjoining water meadow to spot wildlife. Wear wellies for a chance to explore the river and see up close the amazing creatures that live in a healthy chalk stream. Boardwalks are suitable for wheelchairs, but the water meadow is dependent on weather conditions and type of wheelchair.More Details