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WOOTTEN RIVERS to SAVERNAKE

Waypoint Map Reference Bearing to next waypoint
START SU 1984 6293 92

WP1

SU 2355 6321

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WP2 SU 2398 6436 300
WP3 SU 2291 6480 300
WP4 SU 2166 6533 344
WP5 SU 2170 6550 230
WP6 SU 2144 6553 165
WP7 SU 2161 6483 212
WP8 SU 2127 6424 289
WP9 SU 2017 6446 193
WP10 SU 2010 6393 197
START SU 1984 6293 -
General:- This 8.2 mile circular route is very much a walk of two halves; a stretch along the Kennett & Avon canal towpath and a section through Savernake forest. Wiltshire has very little woodland and Savernake is it's largest. It's a good example of ancient woodland, passing through the dense undergrowth on a sunny day gives a clear example of how light and shade generate the unique quiet, eerie, brooding content of a genuine ancient woodland.

In stark contrast is the canal. Nowadays it is hard to imagine it as a major highway transporting goods from London to Bristol but that's what it was, the M4 of the 1800's! (GPS length 7.48 miles). Pub at the end.

How to get there: Take the A346 Marlborough to Burbage road. At SU 2161 6477 take minor road signposted to Wootten Rivers. As you enter village fork left @ SU1958 6328. Pass pub on left and park by the church wall @ SU 1971 6293.