Summary

A figure of eight walk taking in a number of the archaeological features around Avebury, including: Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury stone avenue and circle, museum and manor house, neolithic settlement at Windmill Hill.
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
8.3 miles (13.4 km)
Walking time:
04h 09m
Type:
Circular

Start location

Car park by Silbury Hill on the A4 near Avebury.

lat: 51.4172118

lon: -1.8613883

Map

Elevation

Route

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Getting there

M4 Junction 16, B4005 to Wroughton, then south on A4361 passing through Avebury to the Beckhampton Roundabout, take first left onto the A4. Car park on left just before Silbury Hill.

Waypoints

1

Start the walk from the car park next to Silbury Hill. You may wish to read the information boards down the track directly toward Silbury Hill, which tells you about the history of the mound. During this walk you will do a complete circuit of Silbury Hill.There is a footpath heading away from the road in the corner of the car park nearest Silbury Hill. Follow this until you meet a second footpath and turn right, heading away from Avebury.Follow the river, then a hedgeline, until the path ends in a road. Cross the road (A4) with care and go through the gate by the thatched cottage and follow a track across a river. The track will turn to your left and follow a fence on your left. (A) Silbury Hill is the largest man-made mound in Europe. It is part of the Avebury World Heritage Site

2

Shortly after it turns, detour along a broad path at right angles, leading up into a field. This will take you to the West Kennett Long Barrow, which you can go inside. After satisfying your curiosity, return to the path at bottom of the field and continue to follow it along to your right with fence on left.Eventually you will cross a stile onto a quiet road. Turn left along the road until it ends in a T junction with the A4 main road. Carefully follow the A4 road to your right, turning left after a short while on to the minor road. (B) West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb or barrow situated on a prominent chalk ridge

3

After a short while, there is a stile to your right. You can then continue alongside the road in a field, until a pair of gates present themselves, allowing you to cross the road. You are now in a field on the other side of the road. Continue along in the same direction, with the fence and road on your right.After you pass through two gates, you will find yourself proceeding along a grassy avenue between standing stones. This ends in the centre of the Avebury stone circle. At the end of the avenue cross the road via two gates into the stone circle. You have a choice here to walk around the stone circle or head across the circle to the gate opposite the Red Lion pub. (C) Avebury is a neolithic henge monument containing three stones circles.

4

Cross the main road and turn left on to the High Street. There is a small village shop on the left if you need to buy refreshments. There are public toilets on your right. Down a turning to your right, signed "Cafe and Visitors Centre" there is a track that leads to the National Trust shop, museum, cafe and toilets behind the museum.Continue along the road, past the church and turn right opposite the Old Vicarage and Rectory. A paved track leads between two houses, go left round the back of the houses, then out into the countryside. Continue along this track keeping right at the junction until a stile presents itself on your right. Cross this into a field. (D) Avebury Manor and Garden is a National Trust Property consisting of an early 16th century manor house and its surrounding garden. St James Church is also worth a visit. Earliest parts date from AD1000 and it still retains a number of Anglo-Saxon features

5

Follow the path straight on to cross a foot bridge, then follow the edge of the field to your right. Continue straight on through the next two large fields, then negotiate three stiles in a thicket to end up in a water meadow. Follow the left edge of the field to a stile which you can cross to end up on a track.Follow the track left, as it heads up hill, keeping the hedge to your right. This leads up to Windmill Hill after passing through a metal gate and a another gate near the top. (E) Windmill Hill was once the site of a Neolithic settlement and has some well preserved Bronze Age burial mounds

6

Head for the first of the round barrows. You need to cross Windmill Hill aiming to the right of the highest round barrow. Go down the hill to find a gate leading onto a track. Turn left along the track and pass track off to your left proceed ahead to go through a gate on your left after the track passes into some tall trees.Follow the edge of the field, until you see a gate on your left. Pass through and head in that direction through a waterlogged field to a stile leading onto the road. Follow the road left along Bray Street and back into Avebury.

7

When you get to the stone circle, follow the path on the right hand side of the fence, which leads to the National Trust car park. (Turning to your right as the road meets the stone circle area.) Pass through the car park and turn right, cross the main road and go through a gate. This leads to a path alongside the river, which shortly joins the path back to the car park where you started from. Turn right over bridge to go back to the Silbury Hill car park.

Notes

As of 5 May 15 - There are 14 stiles on this route.

In Avebury there is a small shop along with the National Trust shop, a museum, a cafe near the toilets and the Red Lion pub.

There is also a second pub just off the Beckhamton roundabout toward Avebury.

Problem with this route?

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