Walking

Walking trail

A kings view

Walking trail

This walk explores chalk downland at the heart of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

Enter a prehistoric ceremonial landscape

From Bronze Age burial mounds to ancient ceremonial pathways, the landscape surrounding Britain's most famous prehistoric monument is full of intriguing archaeology. There's also a fantastic array of wildlife to look out for all year round.

Visitors in the Stonehenge Landscape

Map

Map route for a kings view walk

Start:

Opposite Stonehenge, grid ref: SU123422

1

From the bridleway opposite Stonehenge, go through the pedestrian gate into a grass field. Head right and walk towards the barrow mounds on the horizon.

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2

Once at the barrows go through the pedestrian gate. After exploring the barrows leave through the pedestrian gate opposite the one you came and then turn right and walk towards the trackway again.

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3

Go through the gate and follow the byway left, away from Stonehenge.

4

Take a right into the field from the byway at the next available gate; look south for a striking view of the Stone Circle. Continue downhill along the route of the Cursus.

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5

Go through the gate at the valley bottom and head uphill keeping the fence line with conifers on your left.

6

At the end of the field go through the gate and walk towards an information panel. Continue to a crossroads of paths and turn right along the bridleway.

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7

At the next junction, turn right through a gate and follow the grassy bridleway ahead. Follow the track around until you reach a line of ancient beech trees at New King Barrows for a fine view of Stonehenge and its surroundings. A great place to stop for a picnic and read the information panel.

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8

Retrace your steps to the pedestrian gate on your left and enter the field. Now follow the course of the Avenue, heading in the direction of the Cursus Barrows. In the valley, known as Stonehenge Bottom, pass through the gate and walk towards the next information panel.

9

From here, stay left of the panel and head in the direction of Stonehenge. As you ascend the slope you will be able to see the ditches of the Avenue leading towards the Stones. End your walk by returning to Stonehenge.

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End:

Opposite Stonehenge, grid ref: SU123422

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Terrain

This circular trail follows hard tracks and gently sloping downs. Surfaces can be uneven, with potholes or long tussocky grass.

Dogs welcome on a lead under control as sheep and cattle graze the fields and there are ground nesting birds present.

PLEASE NOTE: Stonehenge Landscape has many access points. If you are planning to visit and park at the visitor centre please note that National Trust members are free of charge for both entry and parking but you must pre-book your place, visit English Heritage Stonehenge to book. The walk starts approximately 165yd (150m) to the west of Stonehenge.

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Contact us

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How to get here

Address
Amesbury, Wiltshire
By road

2 miles (3.2km) west of Amesbury. If heading for the English Heritage visitor center, turn off from the A360 at Airman's Corner.

By bus

To reach the English Heritage visitor center take the Stonehenge Tour Bus departing from Salisbury rail and bus stations.

By bicycle

Stonehenge can be reached from Salisbury and Avebury on Sustrans route 45.

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Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on a lead and under control
  • At English Heritage's visitor center there are toilets, parking, a café, a museum and a shop
  • National Trust members have free entry to the visitor centre and free parking but need to book in advance through the English Heritage website