Explore the most popular Views trails in North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Lovely route, including some excellent historical landmarks on route. Was a very hot sunny day which had its perks but also very warm. Will definitely do it again - potential to add on extra kilometres if wanted to extend the loop as many other paths around.

A triangular walk with three distinct sides. The good ridge walk, the overgrown Millennium trail and finally the clay shoot/road. Wear trousers / gators for Millennium Trail in summer. Stout boots so as not to turn the ankle. A wind proof jacket for the ridge. It took us 1 hour 50. The ridge is lovely, big skies and the rolling ridgeway.

A wet and muddy family walk through this beautiful area. Perfect. If you have kids with you, it ends with a little play park.

hiking
1 month ago

I have walked around Hannington many times but not this route before. Some great views at times and didn’t see another soul the entire time. Really enjoyed it.

New to the area and wanted to go along the hills. Did it on a warm evening, loads of nature to look out for and really nice views along the way (not just at the top). Thanks for putting it up ✌️

Nice walk, short and very easy. Good if you only have a spare hour and a half

A pleasant walk through the village, along a short stretch of The Ridgeway and back down a disused railway. Not exactly the back of beyond but pleasing views and easy going.

A lovely waterside walk.

Nice walk but note that the Blackbird is now a fine dining restaurant not a country inn! Friendly and fine for a drink but very few bar snacks. Food looked good if you want a full meal but quite pricey and you'd need to book.

Parking still £4 for cars (free for NT members) - brilliant walk on brilliant sunny day with magnificent West Kennet Long Barrow to explore. Only slightly muddy in areas - Jinny&Jeremy 14 Feb 2019

If you want some miles under your belt then it's a good yomp. The start and end are scenic but the walk through Calstone Downs then up to and along the Roman Road is quite dull and seems longer than that it is but a walk is a walk and it's taught me what I like and unlike �

excellent for the kids, with great views!

Lovely walk, we did it in mid May when everything was lush and green. Peaceful, dog was off leash almost the entire walk.

Great, easy to follow directions and lovely, easy walk (especially on a crisp Autumn day) where dogs can be off the lead for most of it. The pub is dog friendly but we found it very overpriced for the standard of Sunday roast (which was very average) so probably wouldn’t eat there again, but good for a pint!

walking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Such a lovely, easy walk. By the time I parked and walked to the lock and walked all the way to the Swan Pub & back we actually did 6.67 miles. I had my dog off lead for pretty much the whole time and the river is very calm and slow flowing so she jumped in and out with no bother. The trail is more or less completely flat the whole way, if it has been raining there can be a few muddy spots but walking boots will be absolutely fine. The lock and weirs are pretty, there are lots of swans, geese and ducks all around and across the bank you pass by a huge Alpaca farm. In Pangbourne there is a nice green for picnics with a pretty bridge or there are a few pubs that allow dogs. We ate at the Swan and the food was incredible (it has outside area as well over looking the river and Pangbourne weir.)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Lovely walk fabulous views

steam day at crofton and bluebells made this a fabulous walk. Even a bride turning up for her very posh looking wedding at the end in Great Bedwyn

Nice walk but instructions across Snelsmore common need to be looked at. Got horribly lost (even though we re-read them 6 times) and had to retrace our steps to get back. Disappointing.

Great walk and very varied. The pub now has about 20 signs on all fence posts outside saying for patrons only, so as we were not intending to eat there, we decided to start at Snelsmore Common car park(free) and do the walk from waymark 3 and back to there. It worked just as well and Donnington Castle is a good picnic spot.

A great walk, but you do need a clear sunny day for it as it is very breezy on the top. The climb is well worth it for the fabulous views.

A really lovely varied walk - canal, woods, historical interest. The windmill site has picnic tables and benches which make for a perfect halfway stop for a picnic - yes, even on 20th March it was warm enough to stop for a picnic.

This is a lovely walk with lots of variety and chances to stop along the way at interesting places such as the castle and nice viewpoints. The pub is friendly and does a good Sunday roast!!

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