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.

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Going Underground – revealing secrets from Roundway Hill’s past (longer morning walk)

18th Jun 2022  |  7.5 miles  |  10.15am  |  Free

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.

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Big Skies over Ladle Hill and Sydmonton Court Estate

18th Jun 2022  |  6.5 miles  |  10.30am  |  Free

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.

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Discovering Marlborough’s History; a walk around the High Street

18th Jun 2022  |  1 mile  |  11.00am  |  £5 per person

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.

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Discovering Marlborough’s History; the River Kennet, The Parade, and The Green

18th Jun 2022  |  1 mile  |  2.00pm  |  £5 per person

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!

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Going Underground-revealing secrets from Roundway Hill’s past (shorter afternoon walk)

18th Jun 2022  |  4 miles  |  3pm  |  Free

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.

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Alongside the Thames at Goring and Streatley

19th Jun 2022  |  1, 2 or 3 miles  |  Start anytime between 10am and Midday  |  Free

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.

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Geology and landscape around Ashdown House

19th Jun 2022  |  3.2 miles  |  10.30am  |  Free

Ashdown House is set in the Lambourn Valley and on this walk we enjoy the landscape and some of the interesting features of the geological history over the last 100 million years.

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Green Drove, Pewsey White Horse, Manningford Abbotts

19th Jun 2022  |  6.8 miles  |  2.00pm  |  Free

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.

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Oldbury Hill and Cherhill chalk downland

19th Jun 2022  |  4 miles  |  2.00pm  |  Free

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.

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Top of the North Wessex Downs

21st Jun 2022  |  6 miles  |  8.00am  |  £8 non-members of Wessex WALX

On the longest day we enjoy an early walk from Inkpen up to the top of the North Wessex Downs for spectacular views across 3 counties of Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.

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image credits: Jefferies and Barbury Castle - Creative Commons, Family Walk - Forestry England, Savernake - Forestry England, Jones's Mill - Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership, Crux Easton Wind Engine - Jackie Browne, Hill View - Cocklebury Farm, The Ridgeway_Streatley Warren - Pipsticks Walks, The Rose of Hungerford – KACT, Walking Group - S&G Mind, Marlborough High Street - greatwestway.co.uk, The Green at Sunset - Marlborough Town Council, View from Ladle Hill autumn - Charmaine Hoey, Roundway hill - National Grid Benjamen Graham, At Stonebridge – ARK, Golden Hour Green Drove - Jonathan Helps, Cherhill view to white horse - Judy Hible, Accessible walk - John Boler, Sarsen stones on the downs above Ashdown House- Lesley Dunlop, Walkers - Wessex WALX, Beckhampton Corn Bunting - Judy Hible, Bedwyn Brail Sweet Chestnut - Judy Haynes, Faccombe estate- Jackie Browne, Map & Compass Selection - Philippa Saunders, Coopers in the Wood - Charmaine Hoey, Letcombe Valley Pond - Jacky Akam, John Piper Window_Farnborough - Philippa Sanders, Calstone - Adonis blue on wild carrot - Judy Hible