Great Bedwyn and Wilton Windmill Walk is a 5.5 mile loop trail located near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length5.5 miElevation gain495 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWildlifeNo shade
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A circular walk from the village of Great Bedwyn in Wiltshire. The walk has a lovely mix of things to see including a few glimpses of industrial heritage. Visitors will get a chance to enjoy a long stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal along with the old Crofton Pumping Station and Wilton Windmill, the only remaining working windmill in Wessex. On the return stretch visitors will pass through woodlands and fields before getting a chance to explore Great Bedwyn itself. The walk has only a few steady ascents and descents and there are no stiles, just a few easy to use gates and one squeeze gap. The majority of the route is along earth and stone tracks, towpaths and paths all of which will be muddy after wet weather. There is one small stretch of road walking and you will also need to cross the railway tracks towards the end of the walk so take care here with children and dogs. Check the opening times of the windmill and pumping station if you want to see inside these attractions. Approximate time to complete is 2 to 2.5 hours.

The walk starts from the railway station in the village of Great Bedwyn near Marlborough in Wiltshire. If you are travelling by train the station is on the London Paddington '€“ Reading '€“ Newbury '€“ Westbury '€“ Castle Cary '€“ Plymouth line. If you are travelling by car there is a small free station car park on The Knapps off Brook Street. Approximate postcode SN8 3NU.

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Elena Woodacre
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Hiking

Lovely walk, real favourite

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Amanda Cunnington
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Walking

Easy beautiful varied walk

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Danielle Brazier
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Hiking

A bit of everything. Very lovely.

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Annette Welch
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Hiking

Nice walk. Some slightly hilly parts but not too tough. Muddy in places but easily passable

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Thomas Gregory
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Kelly Gorman
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WalkingMuddy

Lovely walk along the river. The windmill is definitely the highlight. a tad muddy in places and a small amount of time is spent on the village road. Normally the pub would be open in Wilton (fab food).

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Billy Mcguinness
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WalkingGreat!

Beautiful route, one of our favourites to date in this area

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Sadie Hawkins
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WalkingGreat!

Highly recommend this trail. A lovely gentle start along the canal before some quiet roads and a beautiful bridleway. Not too muddy for early March.

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Emma Buffett
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Hiking

Great varied trail. Quite muddy at the moment but so long as you're prepared it's not too bad. Some lovely things to see on the walk to keep it interesting.

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Ann-marie Ann-marie
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

There are some lovely views over the Downs. Narrow boats are a delight to see. It can get muddy in places especially after it's rained. Wilton Windmill is the highlight of the walk.

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Alison Dixon
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Walking

Lovely gentle start to the walk along the canal. Gets very muddy on the last leg if it's been raining!

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Samantha Gabriel
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Hiking

Lovely walk along the water and seeing the cool houseboats. Trail is easy and pleasant. Historic windmill still operates. I recommend this trail. About 2.5 hour walk.

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Lauren Barrow
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Walking

Very nice.. easy walking, perhaps a little too much on road

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Karina Gibbs
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WalkingGreat!

Brilliant walk, canel and woodland, The Swan at Wilton for a quick refresh about half way round was perfect.

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David Worley
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Julie Heaton
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WalkingGreat!

Gorgeous walk on a lovely sunny day. Free all day parking at the railway station. We had no trouble navigating the route and thanks to the review from Donna below, we knew to look out for the track with the missing road sign. Stopped in the village of Crofton for a drink at the pub, then continued onto the windmill for our lunch. First walk using alltrails pro app - no complaints.

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Donna Fielder
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WalkingNo shade

A beautiful area of Wiltshire. This walk is fairly simple to follow. Take care between stage 2 and 3. Rd sign for Hungerford was missing and the description to get to Ivy Copse was a little off. I used the map along side it as almost missed the track. Great views, this was good to take the children on.

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Helen Brown
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Following Harrys shorter walk in the review I took short cuts too as wanted an hour or 2 walk maximum. I parked in the lay by opposite the windmill, went and looked around the mill. Then walked down the road and hill into the village. The turning to go off along the lake and canal is a bit hidden after the pub opposite the pond. Beautiful area, some pigs, horses and a donkey on our route.

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Harry Neale
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Walking

Made our own little shortcut which more or less halves the route but it was great. Will try the full walk one day when the puppy can manage 8km

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Victoria Done
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Nice varied walk for Easter Day. We spent ages at the Pumping Station and they have a lovely cafe so we were well fortified for the rest of the walk. Good directions plus new signage in the Woods meant that we didn’t get lost once, which is always a bonus for us!

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Steve Green
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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

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Anne Sutherland
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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.

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chris chris
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Helena Thomas
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Gill Cresswell
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keith ashton
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Paul Watkins
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Vince Reid
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Nick May
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