Pewsey, The White Horse Trail and the Kennet and Avon Canal

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11 miles, steep 250m ascent and walking on exposed hills.

This is a circular route from Pewsey in the North Wessex area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It complements Andy's walk last autumn, which went to the east.

On this walk, we will head north from Pewsey, climbing up to the White Horse Trail and heading west, enjoying the panoramic views across the Vale of Pewsey. We'll then descend to the Kennett and Avon Canal and head east back towards Pewsey, possibly stopping for a brief refreshment at the pub in Wilcot.

Pewsey at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, is about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Marlborough and 80 miles (130 km) west of London, and can be reached for a day trip from many places between Bristol and London, and using the A34 and A4, South from Oxford or North from Southampton.

The Kennet and Avon Canal reached Pewsey in 1810. Of more lasting effect for the village was the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1862 which allowed fast travel to London and to the West Country.

Today's event will be led by JimD
Photo credit - Devils Grave : By Andrew Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0,


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