A guidebook to the Great Stones Way, a 36-mile walk through the Wiltshire Downs from Barbury Castle south of Swindon to Old Sarum north of Salisbury. The walk is divided into 6 stages with each stage ranging from 4 to 11 miles. The walk passes through countryside adorned with significant historical sites and relics from ages past, with short detours to the world-famous Stonehenge and equally enchanting Avebury henge. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping. Also included is a route summary table, information about facilities en route, plus maps for Avebury henge and Stonehenge. Rich with history and showcasing picturesque landscapes, this is a walk that can be savoured over the course of a week or enjoyed as an energetic weekend adventure. Good transport links are available at each end.
Map key 6 Overview map 7 Introduction 9 The Great Stones Way 9 History 10 Geology and nature 11 Planning your walk 12 Getting to and from the Way 13 When to walk 14 Where to stay 15 Food and drink 15 Waymarking, access and rights of way 15 Using this guide 16 The Great Stones Way 19 Stage 1 Coate Water to Barbury Castle 20 Stage 2 Barbury Castle to Overton Hill 25 Avebury loop 27 Stage 3 Overton Hill to Casterley Camp 32 Wansdyke and Alton Barnes White Horse route 33 Marden Henge route 39 White Horse Trail route 41 Stage 4 Casterley Camp to Netheravon 44 Stage 5 Netheravon to Great Durnford 48 Stonehenge loop 54 Stage 6 Great Durnford to Old Sarum (or Salisbury) 61 Appendix A Route summary table 67 Appendix B Useful contact information 69 Appendix C Itinerary planner 70 Appendix D Accommodation near the route 72