Welcome to the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire

The Vale of Pewsey - one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in the UK, just waiting to be explored!

Whether you are looking for an active walking or cycling break, or perhaps a canal holiday, the Pewsey Vale has it all.  As a Walkers are Welcome destination, the Vale has varied and good quality walking, with plenty of documented walking routes for you to follow.  We also have ideas for your walking or cycling holiday to help you plan your visit.

With unique and welcoming places to stay, friendly and atmospheric places to eat, drink and shop, as well as a lively and varied events scene, there's a lot for you to enjoy.

The Vale of Pewsey is located in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is at the heart of the Great West Way, the south of England's premier touring route.

The Pewsey Vale Circular Way

Our long-distance walking, cycling and riding route - the Pewsey Vale Circular Way - is now available!  Just one of our itineraries for you to plan when you Discover Pewsey Vale.

Find out what the Pewsey Vale Circular Way has in store!

Our video shows just some of the fabulous scenery and quirky things to see along the Pewsey Vale Circular Way.

Help to manage the Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership!

We are looking for an Honorary Treasurer for the Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership.  This voluntary role is not onerous in terms of hours and, working from home, you would be part of a small but very motivated team.  You can find out more information about the organisation and the role here.

Walking & Cycling Itineraries in the Vale of Pewsey

We've put together a selection of walking and cycling itineraries for you, following well-used tracks and taking you off on local detours that you otherwise wouldn't know about.  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 planned for you.  With lots of ideas on where to eat, where to stay and local transport options, our itineraries provide you with all the information you need to plan your visit to the beautiful Vale of Pewsey.

All you need to know about the Vale of Pewsey

Explore the Vale of Pewsey - find out about its beautiful landscape, villages, places to stay, things to do and ancient history.  Just an hour from London Paddington, in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Great West Way©.

Discover Woodborough Yard

Home to an eclectic mix of cafes, showrooms, workshops and shops, Woodborough Yard is located on the edge of pretty Woodborough village. 

With fantastic walking, friendly independent businesses, free parking and a beautiful location - it's a must-see for anyone visiting the Vale of Pewsey.

It's also a great refreshment stop if you are doing our cycle routes or our Woodborough walking route.

Staying in the Vale of Pewsey

Plan your visit now!  Updated for 2022 - 2023, find out about the Vale of Pewsey and the unique accommodation you can stay in.

The Vale of Pewsey - a place that is quintessential England - rolling countryside, country lanes, thatched cottages, magnificent wildlife, white horses carved into the hills, crop circles, spectacular views, plenty of space.

Find out more in our video.

Insider Guides to walking in the Vale of Pewsey

Get local insider knowledge about what to look out for on our many local walking routes by watching our series of videos.

Go to the Insider Guides.

Explore the history of the Vale of Pewsey

This beautiful map of the Vale of Pewsey was created in 1808 and you can use it to explore the history of the Vale - from prehistory through to modern times.

Find out more about the historic sites of the Vale of Pewsey.

Our thanks go to the Pewsey Area Board at Wiltshire Council for funding the online version of the map.

Vale of Pewsey Online Market

Support our local businesses and shop online!  Visit the Vale of Pewsey Online Market.

Latest News & Views from the Pewsey Vale

The Blind Photographer

The Blind Photographer

This evocative poem, written by Ewen Cameron and read by Andrew Rae, describes how the landscape of the North Wessex Downs has been impacted by thousands of years of man's activity ..... but this isn't always seen. The beauty of ...
Going Green in the Vale of Pewsey

Going Green in the Vale of Pewsey

Wilton Windmill is an excellent example of green energy - driven solely by wind power, this amazing feat of engineering captures the wind in the sails and turns the energy from the vertical sails into the horizontal plane of the ...
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Events

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events

There will be lots going on in the Vale of Pewsey to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, including beacon lighting so have a browse! ...
Cycling the Pewsey Vale Circular Way

Cycling the Pewsey Vale Circular Way

If you are planning to cycle our long-distance walking and cycling route, the Pewsey Vale Circular Way, then Jonathan Martin has created videos to guide you! Jonathan has split the route into 4 sections - Martinsell to Walbury Hill; Walbury ...
A Celebration of the Oak Tree

A Celebration of the Oak Tree

Scattered across the Vale of Pewsey are woods and copses – some quite small – full of native British trees and providing important habitats for flora and fauna. In spring, they are home to a riot of colour as the ...
Cycling Tips from WAG

Cycling Tips from WAG

During lockdown, a group of friends in Wexcombe and Grafton (WAG) in the Vale of Pewsey started cycling together. Very much a social and wellbeing group, they often encountered punctures. Trevor, who generally ended up repairing the punctures, decided a ...
Jack of All Trades

Jack of All Trades

What an amazing man Jack Spratt was! Not only did he build the amazing clock at St Andrew's Church in Wootton Rivers, but he was also postman, church warden, repairer of mechanical items, clock maker, music box maker, accounts clerk, ...
Edward Thomas Poetry Places

Edward Thomas Poetry Places

Pewsey Vale - from Knap Hill Image courtesy of David White Killed in World War 1 at just 39 years of age, the poet Edward Thomas drew on his walks, cycle rides and other journeys through the countryside of England ...
Bedwyn walking -  simply the best!

Bedwyn walking – simply the best!

We are always delighted to receive feedback from visitors to the Vale of Pewsey. This is from Veronica and Malcolm, two walking friends from the south of Hampshire who are very experienced walkers with the South East Hampshire Ramblers. They ...
Bedwyn & Bruce Boats go the Eggstra Mile!

Bedwyn & Bruce Boats go the Eggstra Mile!

Patrick Pease (Bruce Boats) with Daisy, Jago & chickens The proceeds of an egg sale by two young fundraisers will enable Help for Heroes’ veterans to enjoy a relaxing day trip on the stunning Kennet & Avon Canal. Daisy, 11, ...
It's official - Walkers are Welcome in the Vale of Pewsey

It’s official – Walkers are Welcome in the Vale of Pewsey

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved Walkers are Welcome accreditation! Thank you to all our local people who registered their support of this important initiative. This accreditation means that the rights of way are checked by groups ...
Walks from the Crown & Anchor in Ham

Walks from the Crown & Anchor in Ham

This beautiful book of walks from the Crown & Anchor in Ham contains short, medium and long circular walks, all starting from the pub on the village green. Written by Ron Forbes who is involved in the running of the ...