Wiltshire and the Southern Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty yet it remains largely undiscovered and has a wealth of interesting tracks and footpaths. The chalk downs are a haven for wild life and endemic flora.
The downs enable the walker to experience breathtaking scenery whilst the villages with their thatched roofs and warm stone walls are a pleasure to see. The area holds many prehistoric secrets which can be seen at Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow.We also visit the National Trust village of Castle Combe,voted England’s most prettiest village in the 1960’s and now still unspoilt.
This walking holiday takes you to some of the historic villages and sites of the Wiltshire Cotswolds. You will be able to visit prehistoric Avebury and the beautiful Southern Cotswold villages of Castle Combe and Grittleton.
Your centre based accommodation will be at the Leigh Park Hotel, a three star Best Western hotel,which is located near to the the historic market town of Bradford-on-Avon. It is a short walking distance from the town and nine miles from the City of Bath.
Arrive at your accommodation
This walk starts from the picturesque village of Castle Combe and is a relatively level walk with a few uphill ascents. You pass through the contrasting villages of North Wraxall, West Kington and Nettleton.
This fascinating walk links the most outstanding collection of prehistoric remains in the country. The route takes you along the river valley passing the intriguing Silbury Hill and onto West Kennet Long Barrow. You continue along the Ridgeway and across pastureland to Winterborne Monkton, finishing at Avebury stone circle.
You start this walk by walking along the Kennet and Avon Canal before climbing up onto the beautiful chalk downs with magnificient views across Wiltshire. Descending down to the village of Allington you pass one of the famous white horses of Wiltshire at Alton Barnes and return along the canal to All Cannings.
This generally level walk across pastureland and along quiet country lanes explores the Southern Cotswolds from the pretty village of Grittleton and visits Alderton, Luckington and Little Drew. During the walk you will follow part of the long distance path, the MacMillan Way.