Explore the most popular 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.



trail running

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historic site

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pub walk

10 days 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 ✌️

The walk starts out in a most picturesque place with stunning views of life in the water, the area is most acquatic. The path is easily accessible (difficulty: Easy) and it requires little effort to stay on track. Again, the views are wonderful and most enjoyable. There is ample opportunity for a rest or picnic along the way, as well as a few pubs on the water. Walking in June we witnessed an abundance of wildlife. Although there is no designated swimming site, here and there people were playing water sports and swimming. Great overall walk!

no shade
over grown
private property
washed out
22 days ago

Nice 2 hour walk on mixture of canal towpath, tracks, fields and lanes through the beautiful Berks countryside. Finishes at the Dundas Arms right in the canal got a well earned pint. Directions on the app were spot on and accurate.

Beautiful...part following the river, part bluebell woods..an amazing walk with lots of wildlife.

1 month ago

Good walk for a clear sunny day with excellent views across west Berks and south Oxfordshire. Paths were mostly clear, just a little rutted in places and had quite a few cyclists. No gates, styles etc.

Disappointing. Easy enough to follow despite the fact that the directions for the last part of the walk appear to be missing. Main issue was that the majority of the walk was on roads and despite the reassuring comments in the guide, in places the traffic was fast and heavier than expected. The path through the woods was very attractive but the walk needs much more like this and fewer roads.

1 month ago

A great walk on a spring day. Very peaceful.

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.

1 month ago

Nice walk however going through Ramsey Woods downhill we came to a few T junctions saying turn left. We did not see a stoney track in the woods. We went off course when we reached the main access track road and crossed over as per the instructions, but realised by sat nav we had gone wrong. Therefore we retracted to join the main access road again and luckily this took us the right route of the walk. As a tip I think it would be useful to have the Numbering against each paragraph to link to the map as some of the instructions repeat T junction turn left. This would link the instructions to the numbers on the map and make it easier. A nice walk and enjoyable.

Excellent trail with great views and varied landscapes. Forest was covered in bluebells. Veer of to nice pub in Mendenhall or go into Marlborough but don’t miss The Merchants House.

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

A lovely, varied walk. I found it helpful to check where I was on the gps map; even though the instructions are fine, I still got a bit lost. The ancient well was a bit underwhelming.

I did this walk with my boys today, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We've all decided we want to live at Upton Manor it's a stunning house. We did take the shortcut as didn't want to take the kids on the road. It was completely clear (guess because it's winter) and a really nice footpath. It did look like it had been cleared though. I would highly recommend this walk, we wore wellies but I reckon you could get away with good walking boots.

Pleasant walk. Muddy - walked on wet December day. Don't miss the left turn on road in Frilsham. We did!!

Really nice short walk with plenty of variety

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 �

Lovely walk with good directions. By Linda

We have tried this walk both clockwise and anti-clockwise and agree that it's best anti-clockwise as shown. We also extended it by a couple of miles with paths north-east of Upton and used the longer route for a Ramblers walk, and all the group loved it. Similar to a couple of other comments, I was bothered by flies on one occasion for about a quarter of a mile at the top of the first hill, but then they left me. Overall, beautiful and pleasant.

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.

We did this walk today on a wet miserable day, it was an easy walk with a little 'lane' walking but we didn't see any cars. It took us just under an hour. There are a couple of nice pubs in the village for after.

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!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Excellent walk with clear directions. The house is stunning and the mosaic floor was incredible. Well recommended.

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