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.
Join members of the National Grid project team working on the Visual Improvement Programme for a morning walk to explore Roundway Hill, the site of the Civil War Battle of Roundway Down, near Devizes.More Details
A walk of country paths, woodland, chalk downland and fantastic views from the top of Ladle Hill of the surrounding countryside including Watership Down and Beacon Hill. After dropping back down into the valley, the walk follows a tree lined avenue through the Sydmonton Court Estate.More Details
This gentle walk concentrates on the High Street at Marlborough’s heart. Discover the town’s fascinating and dramatic past from King John’s charter all the way to present times through the eyes of local historian Nick Baxter, the Wiltshire History Man.More Details
Join the Wiltshire History Man, Nick Baxter, on this gentle walk exploring the water meadows connecting Marlborough’s history within its chalk downland setting. Once dominated by the tanning and rope-making industries, Kennet Place and The Parade were central too to education and Protestant non-conformity, as well as public houses!More Details
Join members of the National Grid project team working on the Visual Improvement Programme for an afternoon walk to explore Roundway Hill, the site of the Civil War Battle of Roundway Down., near Devizes.More Details
Enjoy a beautiful morning stroll around the meadows and riverside paths of Goring & Streatley. Easily accessed by train, these self-guided walks are primarily aimed at wheelchair users and their carers, but are lovely walks suitable for everyone including families with buggies.More Details
An exhilarating circular walk offering lots of variety, taking in Pewsey White Horse and some magnificent downland with spectacular views, as well as the River Avon, the village of Manningford Abbots and the lanes and footpaths of the Vale.More Details
Explore the chalk downland and the National Trust nature reserve above the village of Cherhill on this stunning walk. We’ll look out for chalk downland flowers, butterflies and moths and listen out for birds like the skylark. The route takes in the Lansdowne Monument and Oldbury Hill above the Cherhill White Horse.More Details