Burbage to Great Bedwyn via Durley and St Kathryn's

This circular walk takes in parkland, woodland, pretty villages, especially Great Bedwyn, which has various facilities. Returning on the Kennet and Avon Canal past the famous Crofton Beam Engines dating back to 1812 and still operational some summer season weekends.

Technical sheet

A Burbage walk posted on 01/05/20 by Willow Gentian. Last update : 24/01/22
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 14.12 km
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    Calculated time: 4h15 
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    Difficulty: Moderate

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    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 71 m
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    Vertical drop: - 71 m

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    Highest point: 188 m
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    Lowest point: 120 m
  • ⚐
    District: Burbage 
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    Start/End: N 51.353653° / W 1.671805°

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(S/E) From Burbage High Street walk North and slightly uphill. Take the right fork at Stibb Green. Follow this road downhill then up again until you reach Durley.

(1) Walk downhill on the road through Durley. Where the houses end, take a signed footpath on the right through a gate and across Tottenham House estate, passing through clumps of trees and crossing 2 drives. Keep following the well marked path. After a woodland path section reaches St Katherine’s Church.

(2) Walk past the church to crossroads. Take signed broad track straight on. This goes downhill and uphill through woodland bordering fields and then passing some forest cottages. At the top of the hill, just past a cottage on the left, turn left onto a lane. Just before reaching a wider road, take a footpath to the right. This follows the edge of the field and borders the road. Soon you have to join the road, turning right. Continue downhill into Great Bedwyn.

(3) Continue down the high street, forking right past a village shop. Shortly turn right into Church Street. Walk past another village shop. A monumental stonemason used to work here.
Upon reaching the church on your left, enter the churchyard and follow the path going diagonally right through it. On exiting take a path to the left, which leads to the railway. Cross this carefully using the pedestrian crossing. Next, cross the Kennet and Avon Canal and turn right to follow the towpath.

(4) Walk past Crofton Beam Engines and pumping station. Keep along the canal. You leave the canal at bridge 103, and walk up a broad track to Wolfhall Farm.

(5) At the farm, you reach a lane on a right-angled bend. Turn right and follow the lane back to Burbage. Upon reaching Burbage and another lane turn right and follow this lane uphill until you reach Burbage High Street.
Describe here the instructions to follow from the starting point.(S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 168 m - Burbage High Street Start
  2. 1 : km 2.83 - alt. 169 m - Durley
  3. 2 : km 4.55 - alt. 168 m - St Kathrine's
  4. 3 : km 7.28 - alt. 126 m - Great Bedwyn
  5. 4 : km 10.51 - alt. 130 m - Crofton Beam Engines
  6. 5 : km 12.68 - alt. 158 m - Wolfhall
  7. S/E : km 14.12 - alt. 168 m - Finish Burbage High Street

Useful Information

  • Walking boots recommended.
  • There is a very difficult narrow metal stile on the outskirts of Great Bedwyn. Not good for anyone with agility issues. It is recommended to stick to the road parallel to the field.
  • Shops and Three Tuns pub in Great Bedwyn.
  • Cafe at Crofton Beam Engines.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

Reviews and comments

5 / 5
Based on 1 review

Clarity of route description
5 / 5
Clarity of route map
5 / 5
Walk interest
5 / 5
le Mon 24 Jan 2022 09:57:35 EST

Thanks yes, I know the on you mean.

le Mon 24 Jan 2022 04:12:43 EST

Thank you!

le Mon 24 Jan 2022 04:05:55 EST

Yes for sure !

Thank you

le Mon 24 Jan 2022 04:05:05 EST


I’ve realised I spelt stile wrong. Are you able to correct?

Kind regards


le Mon 24 Jan 2022 03:37:58 EST

Hi there,
Glad you enjoyed your walk.
I am going to add your information to the description. Thank you for this feedback.

All the best

le Mon 24 Jan 2022 03:08:51 EST

Overall rating: 5 / 5

Date of walk: 08/01/22
Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good
Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ Very good
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

A really varied walk, taking in woodland, canal, fields and villages. Instructions were very clear and easy to follow.

Worth pointing out that there is a very difficult narrow metal stile on the outskirts of Great Bedwyn. Not good for anyone with agility issues! Recommend sticking to the road parallel to the field.

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