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Wansdyke Path


21 km / 13 miles
The Path crosses an escarpment in an area of unspoiled chalkland to the north of which are the remains of a bank and ditch which, although the identities of the defenders and invaders are not known for certain, was built to repel invaders. It can be extended into Devizes (5 miles). The Tan Hill Way (7 miles and on OS mapping) starting just to the east of Oare Hill meets the Wansdyke Path above the Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve. Parts of these routes coincide with the White Horse Trail and the Mid Wilts Way.

The full Wansdyke earthwork stretches much further, linking Savernake Forest with the Bristol Channel over some 50 miles. Details are on the weblink below with plans for a longer walking route.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Challenging
Start: SU187686 - Marlborough, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SU018672 - Smallgrain Plantation, Morgans Hill, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Wansdyke from west to east Historic UK - Wansdyke

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route Description - PDF Wansdyke Path directions: Marlborough to Smallgrain Plantation  (Tim Lewis  - Apr 2023 ) Download File
Route Description - PDF Wansdyke Path directions: Smallgrain Plantation to Marlborough  (Tim Lewis  - Apr 2023 ) Download File


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 173
OS Landranger Active 173
OS Explorer 157
OS Explorer Active 157

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Route Profile:

20.5 km (12.7 miles)
454 m (1,490 ft) ascent
281 m (922 ft)  maximum height

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