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 midsummer evening walk in the historic Avebury area. Starting from the Old Bath Road/Wessex Ridgeway we pass Beckhampton Long Barrow, the field with the Long Stones, and take in views of barrows on Windmill Hill. If the sun is shining there will be butterflies flying and we may hear corn buntings.More Details
A summer’s evening walk in the woodland of Bedwyn Brail. A rare opportunity to visit trees not visible from the public footpaths, especially a sweet chestnut, a possible ‘champion’ tree and a rare native black poplar tree. Richard Charles will join us, custodian of the Brails, who will explain about the importance and management of these special trees.More Details
This circular walk explores the ancient tracks and woodland paths through the beautiful rolling hills and valleys of the Faccombe Estate. It is a peaceful walk with plenty of wildlife, wildflowers and lovely vistas to enjoy. Along the way you will also learn something of the story of the estate and the people that helped shape it.More Details
This practical one-day Navigation Essentials course is a great introduction to the skills you need to get out and about. You might be looking at getting started in the outdoors, or just wanting to refresh and improve on some rusty map and compass skills you learnt a while ago. Our expert tuition and guidance will help you make sense of it all and give you confidence to plan and enjoy your own great outdoor adventures, whether on foot or two wheels.More Details
Many a poet and writer have tramped and roamed the Berkshire Downs. Join us for a walk in their footsteps and immerse yourself in the Downs “among the highest, most spacious, and most divinely carved in rolling ridge and hollow flank…” (Edward Thomas). As well as literary discoveries there will be stunning panoramic views, wildflowers and butterflies.More Details
A leisurely walk from the village of Calstone Wellington along the valley of the River Marden to its source in Ranscombe Bottom. Cherhill and Calstone Combes are National Trust nature reserves with 16 species of butterflies, plus moths and farmland birds such as skylark and corn bunting.More Details