logo Walking Britain

Wiltshire Walk
Higher Pertwood & Wessex Ridgeway from Hindon

County/Area - Wiltshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.1 miles / 13.2 km

Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Time - 4 hours 50 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference ST911328
Lat 51.094438 // Long -2.128468
Postcode SP3 6DP (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Higher Pertwood & Wessex Ridgeway from Hindon
Click thumbnails for larger images.

This walk explores the pleasant rolling countryside and woodland to the north of the village of Hindon. Parking on the street is available in the centre of the village (grid ref. ST911328) but please do be considerate and ensure you not causing obstructions for local residents.

After parking walk north-west up High Street. Continue straight across the B3089 and walk along the quiet lane into the countryside passing the entrance driveway to Hawking Down on your right. After a further 300 metres take the track that goes off on the right. This leads in a more northerly direction to the A303. Particular care is need crossing this busy road. Once across continue on the track directly opposite with buildings to your right and a small copse to your left. Continue along this track for 400 metres to take the path going half left towards woodland with a prominent radio mast. The path enters the wood (grid ref. ST896350) for a short distance before entering a field. Go half left across this field to re-enter woodland. Exit the wood and continue in a north-westerly direction towards the hamlet of Higher Pertwood with its rather pretty disused chapel.

Continue ahead along the lane passing the chapel on your left to reach a junction of footpaths and bridleway with the lane (grid ref. ST887359). Turn sharp right here following a track along the field edge (hedge to your right). Continue to the end of the field to reach a further track (grid ref. ST897364). Turn right and then almost immediately left onto a bridleway flanked by trees and bushes. This leads southwest to another junction of tracks (grid ref. ST904360). Go left here (north) with the edge of the wood to your right and continue on a clear track for 200 metres to turn right on a clear track into the woods. Follow this track for a mile to reach the point where the Wessex Ridgeway meets this track (grid ref. ST921363). Turn right here following the Wessex Ridgeway south. After just over 100 metres (grid ref. ST021362) go left and follow the grassy track for about 600 metres to a track (grid ref. ST927361). Turn right here down to a T-junction. Turn left and follow for 400 metres until the track bears right. Continue ahead here, leaving the track, on a grassy path down the valley to reach the A303.

Cross with care and turn right alongside the main road for 300 metres. Turn left onto the Wessex Ridgeway south. This leads you along a track which is followed for 600 metres where you bear left to leave the track to follow the Wessex Ridgeway southwest to meet a lane (grid ref. ST912336). Bear left along the lane to take the footpath on your right after 400 metres to continue following the Wessex Ridgeway. This leads to another lane (grid ref. ST908330). Turn left down the lane and you will soon be back in the centre of Hindon.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers.

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 118Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 118Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 184Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 184Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

GPS files - right click or option-click the button and choose "Save As..." to download this file.


Recommended Books & eBooks

The Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon CanalGuidebook to walking along the Kennet & Avon Canal. The 94 mile route from Reading to Bristol is split into 7 stages of fairly easy walking and includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath and Bristol's Floating Harbour. 20 circular walks are also included, ranging from 4ΒΌ to 9 miles, taking in the best sections of the canal.
More information

Map and Compass

Map and CompassAn instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

Walking - Covid 19 update

Regular updates on how Covid 19 will impact on walking in the UK More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.