The Great Stones Way

Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury

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9781852849115
Published
13 Jul 2016
Edition
Second
Pages
80
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 0.5cm
Weight
100g

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In 36 miles the Great Stones Way runs through the Wiltshire Downs from Barbury Castle near Swindon to Old Sarum on the outskirts of Salisbury. Optional detours pass England's important prehistoric sites including Avebury and Stonehenge. It's perfect for a long weekend or a leisurely week, with good transport links at each end.

Seasons Seasons
Any time of the year, although between early spring and the end of autumn you have the chance of more settled weather and better walking conditions.
Centres Centres
Swindon, Avebury, Vale of Pewsey, Netheravon, Durrington, Amesbury, Great Durnford, Old Sarum, Salisbury
Difficulty Difficulty
Low level walking to suit most ages and abilities; no difficulties apart from some short steep uphill and downhill sections; can be muddy in winter; some road crossings (which can be busy) and sections along roads.
Must See Must See
Great views including: the Vale of Pewsey and Salisbury Plain; the tranquil River Avon; picturesque villages; prehistoric sites including Avebury and Stonehenge; Salisbury cathedral.
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852849115
Published
13 Jul 2016
Edition
Second
Pages
80
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 0.5cm
Weight
100g
  • Overview

    A guidebook to the Great Stones Way, a 36-mile walk through the Wiltshire Downs from Barbury Castle south of Swindon to Old Sarum north of Salisbury. The walk is divided into 6 stages with each stage ranging from 4 to 11 miles. The walk passes through countryside adorned with significant historical sites and relics from ages past, such as the world-famous Stonehenge and equally enchanting Avebury henge.

    Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping. Also included is a route summary table, information about facilities en route, plus maps for Avebury henge and Stonehenge.

    Rich with history and showcasing picturesque landscapes, this is a walk that can be savoured over the course of a week or enjoyed as an energetic weekend adventure. Good transport links are available at each end.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    The Great Stones Way
    History
    Geology and nature
    Planning your walk
    Getting to and from the Way
    When to walk
    Where to stay
    Food and drink
    Waymarking, access and rights of way
    Using this guide
    The Great Stones Way
    Stage 1 Coate Water to Barbury Castle
    Stage 2 Barbury Castle to Overton Hill
    Stage 3 Overton Hill to Casterley Camp
    Stage 4 Casterley Camp to Netheravon
    Stage 5 Netheravon to Great Durnford
    Stage 6 Great Durnford to Old Sarum (or Salisbury)

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contact information
    Appendix C Itinerary planner
    Appendix D Accommodation near the route

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  • Reviews

    "The best guide to the Great Stones Way"

    Country Walking magazine


    "Packed with colour photographs, easy-to-follow maps and clear, useful information this small, slim volume is easy to consult and light to carry. Steve Davison has added appendices that include a route summary table, an itinerary planner, relevant contact information and details of accommodation near the route. So, instead of watching Tony Robinson walking through history in his BBC television series, why not put on your boots and do it yourself? Maybe I will see you along the Way."

    Lindsay Fulcher, Minerva magazine

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Steve Davison

Steve Davison is a writer and photographer who has lived in Berkshire for over 25 years. He has written a number of books as well as articles for magazines and national and local newspapers, specialising in hill-walking and UK and European travel, and counts nature, geology and the countryside among his particular interests. A keen hill-walker for many years, and a Mountain Leader, Steve has also worked as a part-time outdoor education instructor. He is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

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