Great Bedwyn and Wilton Windmill

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This is an easy, attractive and interesting canal and woodland walk, with lots to interest both adults and children - and there are no stiles! The first part of the walk is a gentle stroll west from the village of Great Bedwyn alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal. As you walk past five locks and the canal descends from its summit, hopefully you can experience 'gongoozling'!

You pass the Crofton Pumping Station with its two Cornish Beam Engines, one the oldest in the world; if you make this a day trip you could visit this interesting working museum. Your route leaves the canal at this point and passes alongside Wilton Water on its way to the village of Wilton. The Swan Inn might tempt you to take a break here. You then climb out of the village up to Wilton Windmill, which is worth a visit. The return journey takes you through the quiet woodland called Bedwyn Brail to Great Bedwyn.

Finally you cross the canal and railway line and enter Great Bedwyn past the church. This is a lovely village. The post office is still open and there is a master baker, which I can never walk past (closed unfortunately Saturday pm and Sunday). There are two pubs, both providing food, if you like to have a drink or a meal after your walk.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife
07/02/2017 - Nigel Williamson

A very pleasant walk with good directions. What was the British Waterways car park is currently free parking and The Three Tuns is now the only pub in Great Bedwyn.

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