Wiltshire: Walking the Alton Barnes White Horse

Circular walk exploring ancient landscapes and sites of worship on Pewsey Downs

  • Start: Pewsey Down car park (grid ref: SU116637)
  • OS map:  OS Explorer 130
  • Distance: 11km (6.75mi)
  • Route type: circular
  • Ease: Easy to moderate – one steep ascent, total ascent: 176m

If you want a taste of some of the best scenery and sights Wiltshire has on offer, this is the walk for you. Starting on the edge of Pewsey Down National Nature Reserve, the route takes in typical Wiltshire villages, a medieval church with hidden Sarsen stones and a 1,700 year-old yew tree, the Kennet and Avon Canal and spectacular views of the Alton Barnes White Horse.  There’s even a canal-side pub, the Barge, en route!

Download the Alton Priors/Pewsey Downs loop walk guide