Avebury Sanctuary stroll

Walking trail

Enjoy the beautiful views over the Kennet Valley on this slightly hilly walk covering the area around The Sanctuary ancient monument.

Look out for red kites, kestrels and comma butterflies. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); Type of walk: 'Historical Footsteps', 'Beautiful Views'.

The Sanctuary, Avebury Landscape


Map route for sanctuary stroll at Avebury


Lay-by next to The Sanctuary, grid ref: SU118681


Park in the lay-by next to The Sanctuary. Head south down the by-way, with The Sanctuary on your right, passing one of the Seven Round Barrows on your left. Look to the right for a view down the Kennet Valley, to see Silbury Hill and the Landsdown Monument. After 327yd (300m), the main track bears left, where you can turn right onto an adjoining footpath.

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Carry on along the bottom edge of the field. Notice the ancient dovecote on the other side of the River Kennet. When you reach a quiet country lane, turn right and walk up the road.

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After 327yd (300m) there is a gate and stile on the right (If you pass the dog hotel you have gone too far). Walk up the hill through a meadow and follow the route of the prehistoric West Kennet Avenue. Climb over the stile and back into The Sanctuary.

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We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please visit our homepage.


Lay-by next to The Sanctuary, grid ref: SU118681

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Avebury Sanctuary stroll


This is a slightly hilly walk and the byway can be uneven under foot. Some of this walk is on a quiet country lane but care needs to be taken. The walk includes stiles and could get muddy following bad weather.

Dogs are welcome, but please keep on leads where there is livestock.

Avebury Sanctuary stroll

Contact us

Avebury Sanctuary stroll

How to get here

The Sanctuary, Avebury, Wiltshire, nearest postcode SN8 1QH
By train

Swindon, 11 miles (17.7km); Pewsey, 12 miles (19.3km).

By road

Roadside lay-by adjacent to the Sanctuary (A4).

By bus

Faresaver X43, Marlborough to West Kennet, (opposite telephone box); Bodmans X44, Devizes to West Kennet (opposite telephone box). It's then ½ mile (800m) up the hill to the Sanctuary.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network routes 4 and 45 meet in Avebury.

Avebury Sanctuary stroll

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, please keep on leads around livestock