Best walks in Wiltshire

Hike along winding towpaths and wooded valleys in one of England's most beautiful counties

Orange brown beech tree autumn leaves Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, England, UK

Wiltshire is a county in south-west England and borders Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Wiltshire gets it name from the original county town Wilton, which has since been replaced by Trowbridge.

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Explore the high downland and broad valleys of Wiltshire with our favourite walks in the county.

Savernake Forest, Wiltshire

Ancient Oak tree (Quercus robur) growing in Savernake Forest in springtime, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. May 2009
Ancient Oak tree growing in Savernake Forest in springtime ©Alamy

A few miles south of the historic town of Marlborough lies a sprawling 2,750-acre forest, once a popular hunting area where royalty chased stags past trees that still stand today. Savernake Forest contains thousands of veteran oaks, offering the opportunity to stumble upon a remarkable tree around every corner.

 

Caen Hill Locks, Wiltshire

Caen Hill Lock Wiltshire
The Caen Hill Lock Flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Devizes Wiltshire England UK ©Getty

The Kennet and Avon Canal, built at the turn of the 19th century to link London’s waterways with the Bristol Channel, is a shimmering 87 mile-long necklace studded with man-made gems. Ramble along a thriving Wiltshire waterway and discover busy market towns, chalk ponies and an incredible flight of locks.

 

Cadbury Castle, Somerset

 

Castle Combe, Wiltshire

Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England
Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England ©Getty

With its soft, golden Cotswold stone weavers’ cottages, medieval church and packhorse bridge, Castle Combe demonstrates all the credentials needed to play the quintessential sleepy English village in many films and TV series – from Dr Doolittle, Dick Turpin and Robin of Sherwood to the 2007 fantasy adventure film Stardust. Follow in Hercule Poirot’s footsteps and explore the Wiltshire Village that featured in Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

 

Avebury and the Ridgeway, Wiltshire

Avebury, Wiltshire
Avebury, Wiltshire ©Getty

Walk along one of Britain’s most ancient roads in a landscape our prehistoric ancestors would have recognised.

 

Bradford-on-Avon to Bath, Wiltshire/Somerset

Bradford-on-Avon
Bradford-on-Avon ©Getty

The Kennet and Avon Canal is a huge success story; over many years it has been transformed from a derelict, watery resting place for shopping trolleys into a leisure hub. You can walk, cycle or hire a canoe or a barge to enjoy the canal’s stunning surroundings at your own pace, and there’s also an abundance of wildlife, good fishing and fine pubs along the way. Celebrate the canal with a stroll from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath that blends natural beauty and Georgian engineering,