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Sheep grazing at New King Barrows, Stonehenge Landscape
Sheep grazing at New King Barrows | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Stonehenge King's view circular walk

This walk explores the chalk downland at the heart of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. From Bronze Age burial mounds to ceremonial pathways, Britain's most famous prehistoric landscape is crammed with globally important archaeology, as well as beautiful vistas. There's also an array of flora and fauna to look out for, including hares, deer, birds, butterflies and orchids.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Stonehenge, grid ref SU121423

Step 1

From Stonehenge, cross the byway to the north-west and go through the gate into the field. Head right and walk towards the burial mounds on the horizon.

Step 2

When you reach the Cursus Barrows, go through the pedestrian gate. After reading the information panel, leave through the pedestrian gate opposite the one you came in at and turn right, walking towards the byway again.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Take a right into the field at the next available gate. Look to your right for a striking view of the stone circle. You have now joined the Stonehenge Cursus. Continue walking downhill along the route of the Cursus.

View of Stonehenge in an autumnal landscape with people in the distance in Wiltshire
View of Stonehenge in autumn, Wiltshire | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Step 5

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

Step 6

At the end of the field, go through the gate. Read the information panel to find out about the long barrow that lies hidden here. Continue on to a crossroads of paths and turn right along the bridleway.

Step 7

Continue along the bridleway. At the next junction, turn right through a gate and follow the grassy bridleway ahead. Continue following it until you reach a line of ancient beech trees at New King Barrows, where there's another fine view of Stonehenge and its surroundings.

Step 8

Retrace your steps until you reach the pedestrian gate on your left and enter the field. You are now following the course of the Stonehenge Avenue. Head 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.

Step 9

Stay left of the panel and head in the direction of Stonehenge. As you walk uphill you'll be able to see the banks and ditches of the Avenue leading towards the Stones. You are truly walking in the footsteps of our ancestors as they would have processed along the Avenue. End your walk by taking a right turn and heading back to Stonehenge.

End point

Stonehenge, grid ref SU121423

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the King's view walk at Stonehenge, Wiltshire
A King's View | © The King's view walk at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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