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Best trails in North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Looking for a great trail in North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Berkshire? AllTrails has 92 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 47 easy trails in North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ranging from 1.5 to 20.4 miles and from 134 to 951 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty takes the form of a horseshoe and is part of the Southern England Chalk Formation. The highest points in the area are Walbury Hill which stands at 297 m (974 ft) and the Milk Hill-Tan Hill plateau, at 295 m (968 ft) above sea level. Horse Racing is very popular in this area and the park is home to many racing stables. Visitors can enjoy paths for hiking, walking, cycling and horseback riding.

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Map of trails in North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Park information
Acreage:
427,492 acres
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Top trails (92)
#1 - Thames Path National Trail: Goring to Shillingford
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
This walk starts at a significant point in the course of the River Thames, the Goring Gap, dividing the Chilterns to the north and the Berkshire Downs to the south. As if to mark this, there's a magnShow more
#2 - The Ridgeway
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 84.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is the oldest long distance pathway in Britain. People have been traversing this route for thousands of years. In the mid-1900s, the British government decided to make it an official walking pathShow more
#3 - Ramsbury and Littlecote House
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
This is a circular walk from the gorgeous village of Ramsbury in Wiltshire. The route crosses the River Kennet before joining the peaceful woodland tracks and field edge tracks that guide you around tShow more
#4 - Ashmansworth, Pilot Hill and Faccombe Circular
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
A fairly challenging circular walk through the chalk hills of the Hampshire Downs taking in the villages of Ashmansworth and Faccombe. The route follows ancient lanes and tracks through the rolling hiShow more
#5 - Donnington Castle and Snelsmore Common Walk
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
This is a circular walk including the remains of Donnington Castle, woodland and the easy tranquil paths of Snelsmore Common. There are no stiles on this walk and although there are a couple of faiShow more
#6 - Wayland's Smithy and Uffington White Horse
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
A circular walk near Ashbury in Oxfordshire which provides the opportunity to see a number of ancient sites and monuments along the way including a chalk white horse and an ancient burial chamber. WitShow more
#7 - Avebury's World Heritage Trail
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
This loop begins from the pre-historically important village of Avebury in Wiltshire. The area is heavily populated with prehistoric sites which appear on the World Heritage List and you will be able Show more
#8 - Vale of Pewsey and the Giant's Grave
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
This circular walk begins at Pewsey Wharf in Wiltshire. This particularly rewarding walk begins with a peaceful stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal, before climbing gradually and then more steeply toShow more
#9 - Walbury Hill Circular
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Walbury Hill Circular is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Kintbury, Berkshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity Show more
#10 - Hannington and Ibworth
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
A 4.5 mile circular walk from Hannington to Ibworth and back - along footpaths, through woodland and along field edges. The start of the walk from Hannington is fairly flat, then slopes gently downhilShow more
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