Located in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and between Stonehenge and Avebury, the Vale of Pewsey is ideal for getting off the beaten track and has plenty of friendly and atmospheric places to stay, eat, drink and shop.
Just over an hour from London Paddington, the Vale of Pewsey is a world away from the hustle and bustle of our magnificent capital city.
Experience the breath-taking views and freedom of the Pewsey Vale as you explore our many cycling and walking routes. Here you will find quintessential England - beautiful countryside peppered with villages and thatched cottages at the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Kennet & Avon Canal running through its core. Enjoy our country pubs, independent cafes and shops. Unwind at our unique places to stay. Discover our rich heritage and ancient history.
Dramatic downland, secluded woodland, sweeping valleys and the Kennet & Avon Canal provide a rich variety of landscapes for the walker, rider or cyclist to enjoy. Autumn brings its own pleasures as the trees change colour and where the prospect of stopping off at a traditional country pub or café, perhaps with a log fire, and a locally-sourced and seasonal menu with local beers and ciders, seems like the perfect reward for all that activity!
Discover Pewsey Vale - provides a selection of walking and cycling itineraries with the routes following recognised walking trails whilst taking you off on local detours that you otherwise may not find. If you love getting out in the great outdoors, then look no further!
Ranging from one-day up to a week and beyond, there are routes and activities for you to select. With lots of ideas on where to eat, where to stay and local transport options, the itineraries provide you with all the information you need to plan your visit to the beautiful Vale of Pewsey. All the information can be found here.
The poem ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies questions ‘What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare” and epitomises the experience of the Pewsey Vale. It means taking time to explore and get off the beaten track - wander along the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal, ramble through West Woods, hike across the Pewsey Downs, stroll through sleepy villages, stop for a pint and something to eat at a country pub, or take time for afternoon tea at one of our country cafes. It’s about finding those simple, quirky places – the hanging stone near Honeystreet, Jack Spratt’s Clock in Wootton Rivers, Swanborough Tump in Woodborough, the only working windmill in Wessex at Wilton, white horses at Pewsey and Alton Barnes or any of our fabulous, ancient churches dotted across the Vale – all with a story to tell. And on clear nights, see the true glory of our dark skies and the Milky Way. It’s about leaving the hustle and bustle of modern life and taking time to really relax.
And you’ll be pleased to hear that the Vale of Pewsey is easy to get to!
We have two mainline stations – Pewsey and Bedwyn accessed from the west country or London Paddington.
Road access from M4, A303, M3, A4 and A34
National Cycle Routes 4, 45 and 403
Parking & Transport
- Car Parks
Towns & Villages
- Information Centre
- Public toilets
- Train station
- Village shop
Map & Directions
- Why you should visit the Pewsey Vale