Around Silbury Hill

Walking trail

Ranger's highlight "Walking around the base of Silbury Hill from the north, away from the road, gives a real sense of its scale; and one can't help but marvel at the vision and determination it took to create such a phenomenal structure."

Along the way

Keep an eye out for water vole - there have been several sightings and 'field signs' (burrows, footprints) of these elusive creatures on the banks of the River Kennet. You'll also walk through the world's largest prehistoric stone circle at Avebury, where you can see the outer circle (which originally contained over 100 stones) plus the remains of two further inner circles within.

Sunrise over Silbury Hill

Map

Around Silbury Hill

Start:

Avebury National Trust car park

1

From the National Trust car park at Avebury, exit through the main entrance and walk to the right, along the A4361 for a few metres until you see an entrance on the opposite side of the road. Carefully cross the road and take the track ahead of you.

2

Follow this path keeping the stream known as the Winterbourne on your right, you will see Silbury Hill ahead of you

3

After approximately 700 yards take a right hand turn over a small bridge crossing the stream. Follow the path which will take you around the northern side of Silbury Hill

4

At the end of the path you will reach Silbury Hill car park. If you turn left towards the Hill you can read the information panel

5

When you are ready, retrace your steps back to the Silbury Hill car park and then walk up to the pavement which runs alongside the A4

6

Turn left and follow the pavement past the Hill until you reach a pedestrian gate on your left. Go through this gate and walk along the fence-line keeping the A4 on your right

7

Cross a small boardwalk over the stream and approximately 100 yards further on turn left keeping a line of trees on your left

8

Just before the next field boundary turn right and walk up the hill keeping the fence on your left. Turn around for a moment to see one of the finest views in the World Heritage Site of Silbury Hill.

9

As you crest Waden Hill the lines of the stones you can see below you to your left are the remains of the part of the West Kennet Avenue excavated and re-erected by Alexander Keiller in the 1930s. Walk down the hill and go through the gate on your left and follow the Avenue back towards Avebury.

10

After 800 yards you will reach the end of the Avenue. Go through the gate on your right, cross the road and go through the gate on the other side.

11

Turn left, through the trees and continue straight ahead, past the stones on your right, to a gate on the opposite side of the field. Go through and very carefully cross the road.

12

Walk to the right, going around the Red Lion pub and join a paved footpath on your left which runs parallel to the road. At the end of the footpath, follow the line of stones around to your left. When you reach another gate go through it, down the steps and turn right.

13

You have reached the Old Farmyard where you will find refreshments, a shop, the Museum and Avebury Manor. When you are ready to leave, follow the signposts to the car park to complete your walk.

End:

Avebury National Trust car park

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Terrain

This walk follows hard tracks, pavements and gently sloping downs, as well as open access land along rights of way, with pedestrian gates.  Surfaces can be uneven, muddy, with potholes or long tussocky grass.  Dogs are welcome on a lead and under control as livestock graze the fields.  This route also crosses roads so please take great care.

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Contact us

Call 01672 539250 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury.

If you would like this information in alternative formats, please call us on 01672 539250 or email avebury@nationaltrust.org.uk

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How to get here

Address
National Trust car park, Avebury. Grid reference: SU 09960 69654
By train

Pewsey; Swindon

By road

6 miles west of Marlborough on the A4361. Our main car park is a short walk from the stone circle and our facilities in the Old Farmyard

Parking: pay and display. National Trust and English Heritage members free. Overnight parking prohibited. Please respect the community and do not park on the village streets

SatNav: Sat Nav users please use the postcode SN8 1RD to find our main visitor car park

 

By foot

Ridgeway National Trail

By bus

Frequent buses pass nearby, more information can be found at www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk/plan-a-journey/tourism/travelling-to-avebury There is a £1 discount on entry for those who have travelled by bus to Avebury (please show a valid ticket or a bus pass when buying tickets).

By bicycle

NCN4 and 45

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Facilities and access

  • Pay & display parking, 500 yards from stone circle (off A4361). National Trust and English Heritage members park free. Note: parking during the Summer Solstice in late June may be limited. Arrive early to avoid crowds in busy times.
  • Overnight parking prohibited.
  • Enjoy local, seasonal food at Circles Café in the Old Farmyard and the Coach House Cafe on the High Street.
  • Toilets are open 9.30-18.00 daily. Baby-changing facilities available.
  • Picnic Area in the Old Farmyard.
  • Buy a memento of your visit at the shop, including a range of locally sourced giftware.
  • Dogs on leads are welcome across the site apart from the National Trust cafe and Avebury Manor and Garden.
  • Information trailer in car park, information panels and leaflets.
  • As part of erosion control, some parts of the henge and stone circle may be temporarily fenced off.
  • Accessibility:
  • Separate parking, 200 yards. Drop-off point
  • Museum galleries and manor are accessible with ramped entrances
  • Accessible toilets located behind Barn Gallery
  • Only parts of the stone circle are accessible due to slopes. Some cobbles and undulating terrain in the old farmyard