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Wansdyke Path

21 km / 13 miles

The Path crosses an escarpment in an area of unspoilt chalk-land to the north of which are the remains of a bank and ditch which, although the identity of the defenders and invaders are not known for certain, was built to repel invaders. It can be extended into Devizes (5 miles). The Tan Hill Way (7 miles and on OS mapping) starting at Clench Common meets the Wansdyke Path above the Pewsey Downs National Nature Reserve. Part of these routes coincide with the White Horse Trail.

The full Wansdyke earthwork stretches much further, linking Savernake Forest with the Bristol Channel over some 50 miles. Details are on the weblink below with plans for a longer walking route.

Strider News - August 2014 (Path Update)

The debate on the Mystery of the Wansdyke. Four expert speakers with differing views - Prof Andrew Reynolds, Prof Emeritus Peter Fowler Jonathan Erskine & Dr Helen Geake - will unravel the mysteries of this prominent defensive ditch, that dates from the Dark Ages, stretches from the hill fort Maes Knoll in the west, passing close to Bath, and runs eastwards across the (modern) county of Wiltshire to Savernake Forest in an open event on Saturday 22 March 2014  2 to 5.30 pm at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN 01225 312084, with tickets from or 01225 463362 at £6.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Downland/Wolds; Heritage
SU186687 - Marlborough, Wilts
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SU018672 - Morgans Hill, Wilts
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Web Sites: Wansdyke Project 21
  GPS Routes - Wansdyke Path

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Folder: Wansdyke Path & Tan Hill Way (Kennet District Council)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 173
OS Landranger Active: 173
OS Explorer: 157
OS Explorer Active: 157

Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Mid-Wilts Way; Tan Hill Way; Wessex Ridgeway; White Horse Trail
Other Paths: Celtic Way; Great Stones Way; Great Stones Way Alton Barnes White Horse Route; Land's End Trail


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Route Profile:

20.6 Km (12.8 miles)
455 m (1,493 ft) ascent
281 m (922 ft)  maximum height