Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

Walking trail

Ranger's highlight: "The line of ancient beech trees on King Barrow Ridge are a wonderful place to sit and eat your sandwiches - it's so peaceful and the view over the Stonehenge landscape is fantastic."

Along the way

Archaeologists have discovered that Durrington Walls was home to the builders of Stonehenge, 4,500 years ago. At that time a row of enormous timber structures were built just south of Woodhenge, then in the Early Bronze Age burial mounds were raised over the timber structures. The shy but majestic hare, with its distinctively large ears, thrives in the local grassland and can sometimes be spotted, especially in springtime, running across the field.

Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

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Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

Start:

Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7AR

1

Start your walk next to Durrington Walls at Woodhenge. Built at about the same time as Stonehenge this ceremonial monument consisted of six rings of timber posts. When ready, exit Woodhenge, turn left through the next pedestrian gate on your left into the Cuckoo Stone field and head to the corner of the field diagonally opposite you.

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2

Go through the gate and turn left, heading down a henge-lined path known as the Apple Track. This was once the route of the military railway between Amesbury and Larkhill and is so named because the soldiers would throw their apple cores out of the carriage and the pips took root.

3

When you reach a gap in the hedge, turn almost completely back on yourself and follow the track, sign-posted "Old King Barrows". Follow this long, straight track west for about 700 yards, taking time to enjoy the view.

4

Eventually the track turns right. Shortly afterwards, turn left through the gate and follow the path, passing Old King Barrows and crossing the Stonehenge Avenue on your way to a line of 200 year old beech trees.

5

Amongst the old beech trees you will find a fine row of Early Bronze Age burial mounds, known as New King Barrows. Made largely from turf, an area the size of twelve football pitches would need to have been stripped to build them. They offer a fantastic view of Stonehenge itself. When you are ready, return to point 4, turn left and continue north along the track.

6

When you reach a crossroads with a field gate ahead of you, turn right and continue along a footpath.

7

At the corner of the Cuckoo Stone field head back through the gates you came through earlier but don't go back the way you came, instead follow the fence line on your left hand side.

8

Close to the edge of the field lies the Cuckoo Stone. One of the very few naturally occurring sarsen stones in the area it was erected as a standing stone in prehistory and has since fallen. When you reach the road, pass through the gate, carefully cross the road and go through the gate opposite Durrington Walls.

9

At the centre of Durrington Walls you can appreciate the scale of the earthworks. But if you had been standing here 4,500 years ago, a generation before the banks and ditches of the henge were built, you would have seen the settlement that housed the builders of Stonehenge. When you are ready, head back across the field to Woodhenge to complete your walk.

End:

Durrington Walls, Woodhenge, Wiltshire, SP4 7AR

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Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

Terrain

This walk follows hard tracks and gently sloping downs, as well as open access land along rights of way, with pedestrian gates. Surfaces can be uneven, with potholes or long tussocky grass. Dogs are welcome on a lead and under control as sheep and cattle graze the fields and there are ground nesting birds present.

Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

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Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

How to get here

Address
Durrington Walls: Grid Reference SU 15108 43423
By train

Salisbury station, 9 miles (14km) from Woodhenge car park.

By road

Woodhenge car park is 1.75 miles (2.8km) north of Amesbury, follow signs from A345.

By bus

Wilts & Dorset X5, between Salisbury, Pewsey, Marlborough and Swindon; service 16 from Amesbury, request stop at Woodhenge.
 

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 45 runs south-east of the property.

Durrington Walls to King Barrow Ridge

Facilities and access

  • You will find a full range of facilities at Stonehenge.
  • Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stonehenge-landscape for details.