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Great Bedwyn, Wilton Windmill & Crofton beam engines, Wiltshire

Difficulty Moderate

Walking time 4 hours

Length 13.3km / 8.3mi

Route developer: Paul Miles

Route checker: Tiffany Van Der Sande

Start location Bedwyn train station or car park of Bruce Boats
Route Summary Visiting a working windmill in the heart of the North Wessex Downs AONB followed by a tour of a massive working beam engine brings a real sense of awe and adventure to this circular canal and woodland walk in rural Wiltshire.
Reviews
1 review
Overall rating:
Nov 30, 2020
joodeegb
(1 reviews)
This route incorporates 3 popular local walks. Especially suitable for winter walking, mostly hard surface or grass, with relatively few muddy areas. Refreshments can be found in Bedwyn’s pub, café, shop or Post Office. Benches along the route for snack stops. Chisbury Hill Fort and Chapel can be seen in the distance from the towpath near Little Bedwyn, and it’s worth checking out the info board on the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ No 99 on the return from Crofton. Keep an eye out for little egret, kingfishers and deer. I would suggest allowing more than 4 hours for a leisurely walk. The route can be shortened if necessary by using Frog Lane, then Galley Lane to join the route above Jockey Green at 3. Or follow signs from Brook St to the Brail and join at 5. Bedwyn Footpaths Group, which I run, helps maintain the paths and will be sorting the illegible sign and overgrown path mentioned in the instructions in due course.
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