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Wansdyke

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Devizes, England
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Some parts are badly maintained

Parked north of Devizes and walked east. The path is partially signed but you still need a map. Two... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
398timothyl
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portsmouth, United Kingdom
Lovely walking and great views.

We live in All Cannings and love walking over the fields, up the hill and along the Wansdyke. Great... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
Matthew C
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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A long ditch and bank, presumed to have been built between 778-825AD, is about 12 miles long and provides hikers with spectacular views of important British archaeology from the tops of Martinsell Hill, Knap Hill, The Tan Hill Way and many other sites of ancient hill forts.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parked north of Devizes and walked east. The path is partially signed but you still need a map. Two stretches either side of the 'A' road are difficult to walk [full of nettles/slippery/full of cows]. Later, it gets better. Excellent views all along though.

Thank 398timothyl
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We live in All Cannings and love walking over the fields, up the hill and along the Wansdyke. Great views all around over the gorgeous Pewsey Vale. You can park if visiting in the carpark on the road from Alton Barnes towards Marlborough.

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 18 October 2015

I never tire of the Wansdyke. It's a fabulous place to walk. It starts on Morgan's Hill. You can incorporate it into endless walks and never fail to have wonderful views and excellent walking. If you want to walk in Wiltshire with great and interesting...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 26 August 2015 via mobile

Great place to walk and lots of paragliders to watch as well. Superb views all around the beautiful Pewsey Vale. What a construction from long ago. What is not to like?

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Wiltshire is a beautiful and unique county to explore on foot- most people visit Avebury and Stonehenge and walk the ridgeway which affords access to some fascinating ancient sites but if you want solitude, beauty, ancient history combined with stunning countryside, great wildlife and some...More

Thank StelucLive
Reviewed 4 July 2015

The best place to walk the Wansdyke is anywhere from the Smallgrain car park under Morgans Hill to the Alton Barnes car park close to Milk Hill. This can easily be done in one go for experienced walkers, or better still do it as a...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 10 November 2014

this path meanders along the Pewsey Vale, past the White Horse at Alton Barnes and eventually can lead to West Woods where the famous bluebells appear each year. Last Sunday saw many hang gliders on the downs.

Thank colin g
Reviewed 26 March 2012

I happened upon this significant feature as part of an 8 mile walk around Pewsey Downs. The whole area has spectacular views across dramatic rolling countryside, but to come across the Wansdyke made it all the more enjoyable. The huge bank and ditch stretches off...More

1  Thank Roaming_K
Reviewed 24 July 2011

A walk along Wansdyke is a refreshing antidote to crowded theme parks and fast food restaurants and a real stress-buster. Not only is it free, with stunning views of the English countryside, but the knowledge that these vast earthworks were constructed more then 1,500 years...More

3  Thank cheesemonkey
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