The Great Stones Way
Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury
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.
SeasonsAny 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.
CentresSwindon, Avebury, Vale of Pewsey, Netheravon, Durrington, Amesbury, Great Durnford, Old Sarum, Salisbury
DifficultyLow 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 SeeGreat views including: the Vale of Pewsey and Salisbury Plain; the tranquil River Avon; picturesque villages; prehistoric sites including Avebury and Stonehenge; Salisbury cathedral.
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Steve Davison is a freelance writer and photographer who has written several walking guides. He has also written for a number of outdoor magazines and other publications, including local and national newspapers, specialising in hill walking and European travel, with interests in nature, geology and the countryside. 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.View author profile
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