Badbury short woodland walk (pink route)

Walking trail

Badbury Hill is well known for its bluebells, which in May bathe the centre of the ancient Iron Age Hill Fort in a carpet of vibrant colour accompanied by their sweet, almost intoxicating fragrance, but there’s much more to Badbury Hill that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The mixed woodlands of larch, beech, sycamore, oak, pine, cherry and silver birch offer a haven for a wide variety of wild plants and animals, and they conceal a number of interesting arcaheological and historical features dating from the Iron Age through to the Second World War. Please note - the walk is way-marked with pink arrows mounted on wooden posts at all major changes in direction.

Autumn at Badbury


Badbury short pink walking route


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At the far end of the car park by the notice board, go through the gate. Badbury Camp is immediately opposite across a wide, shallow ditch. If you wish, you can explore the Iron Age Hill Fort either now, or at the end of the walk. If you decide to explore Badbury Camp, please keep to the marked paths.

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Artist impression of the hillfort at Badbury


From the gate, turn right passing the white money donation box and look out for a shallow depression in the ground amongst the grass and trees. This is the remains of a sawpit. It may be difficult to find in the summer months as it becomes obscured by the undergrowth. When you have taken a look at the sawpit, retrace your steps back past the entrance gate (but not through it) and follow the wide track with the ramparts to the Hill Fort on your right. Continue straight ahead, past a half hidden cottage on your right and past five way-marker posts, ignoring any crossing paths. The path starts to descend a hill and after 600 metres you will reach a sixth way-marker post at a broad crossing track.

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Badbury sawpit


Turn left and follow the broad foresters’ track as it winds through the woodland.

Badbury wood


Just after a log bench on your right, with a panoramic view across the fields and hedgerows to the east, look out for a partly hidden horse-shoe shaped bank on your left. It is set well back from the path and partly obscured by a group of conifer trees that have grown in the bowl of the depression. This is the site of the Badbury Hill Firing Range. Continue along the same track for a further 200 metes.

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Badbury hill firing range


Just after a shared trail sign for walkers and cyclists on your right, turn left and uphill on a broad sandy track through the trees.

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Badbury wood path


On reaching a crossing path at the top of the rise, turn right to retrace your outward steps to the car park. Alternatively, go straight ahead and make your way back to the car park via the paths that both cross and circumnavigate Badbury Clump. Please keep to the marked paths.

Badbury clump


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Badbury short woodland walk (pink route)

How to get here

Badbury Hill, Buscot and Coleshill Estates, near Coleshill, Swindon SN7 7NJ
By road

Badbury Hill car park is located on the B4019, on the Buscot and Coleshill Estates, about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Faringdon and just under 1 mile (1.6km ) east of Coleshill village.  SatNav:  51.649588,-1.622715


Badbury Hill, Buscot and Coleshill Estates, near Coleshill, Swindon SN7 7NJ


By bus

There are regular bus services to Faringdon from Oxford and Wantage. Faringdon is just over 2 miles from Badbury Hill.

Badbury short woodland walk (pink route)

Facilities and access

  • Parking available at The National Trust car park at Badbury Hill (free for NT members).
  • There are no immediate local public toilet facilities, shops, or pubs.
  • The nearest toilets at the Coleshill estate yard, approximately 1 mile (1.6km) away on the B4019
  • The nearest pub serving food is The Radnor Arms Coleshill - 01793 765400 (Please contact for opening times)