Vale of Pewsey and the Giant's Grave

MODERATE 4 reviews

Vale of Pewsey and the Giant's Grave is a 7.9 kilometer loop trail located near Pewsey, Wiltshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 373 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips

trail running





historic site

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 to reach Oare Hill within the Marlborough Downs. Here you will find the Giant's Grave, an ancient burial long barrow with a charming local legend. The views are spectacular so try to time your walk for a clear day. The return leg descends through arable fields to rejoin the canal for the final stretch. The walk includes one gradual and then fairly stiff climb to the summit of Oare Hill and then the equivalent descent. Whilst most of the towpath is surfaced, the rest of the paths are all unmade and some sections (particularly towards the end) can be very deep with mud after rain and in winter so good waterproof boots are a must. The top of the ridge is very exposed so make sure you have appropriate clothing. There are two gates plus four stiles on route (all of which have areas of open fence alongside which most dogs should be able to negotiate). The fields are all arable so you are unlikely to come across livestock. There is a cafe in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

15 days ago

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 ✌️

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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.

27 days ago

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