Stonehenge to Avebury Walk on the Sarsen Trail linking the two ancient stone circles, is an annual event sponsored by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
The event is a 26 mile walk and run across the Wiltshire countryside which takes you across the Vale of Pewsey, the Avon Valley and over Salisbury Plain, parts of which cross the military ranges which are normally closed to the public. The route is a mixture of grassland tracks and roads with variable surfaces. By taking part in this sponsored walk or run you will be helping to keep the county rich in wildlife. Every penny made from the walk goes to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s biggest nature conservation charity. This event is Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s main fundraising event and takes place on the first May Spring Bank Holiday each year.
There are now plans to open the Great Stones Way, Britains newest long-distance trail. This new 30 mile Stonehenge to Avebury walk between the two World Heritage sites, offers a combination of Wiltshire countryside and historic archaeology along a route giving walkers access to some of England’s most beautiful landscapes.
The Great Stones Way is being developed by The Friends of The Ridgeway to form a vital part of an ambitious 360 miles Great Ridgeway link from the south coast to East Anglia. The Great Stones Way will be launched on Saturday 26 March 2011 with a series of walks along the Trail. Although the more ambitious and experienced walkers will want to do the whole 30 miles in one day there will be an alternative 13 mile route from Casterley Camp on Salisbury Plain to Stonehenge and also a gentler 4 mile walk for those who want to walk a shorter distance.
The Great Stones Way passes Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary, The Wansdyke, Adam’s Grave, Marden Henge, Broadbury Banks, Durrington Walls (recently excavated ancient site closely related to Stonehenge) and Woodhenge. Ultimately this new trail is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors to the area a year.
Whilst this Stonehenge to Avebury walk is presently an annual event sponsored by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust the reality of a permanent trail linking Wiltshire’s two most famous stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury in 2011 offers visitors unrivalled access to Wiltshire’s beautiful and historic landscape. Stonehenge to Avebury Walk