(S/E)The start is the small car park adjacent to the village hall in the village of Wootton Rivers (grid ref. SU197630). Exit the car park and walk North along the main road (Forest road) for around 0.43 miles. Walk through the village along that road, on the way past The Royal Oak on your right-hand side. When the road curves right, seek for the Martinsell house on your left and Clare Cottage on your right-hand side. Here join the Mid Wilts Way which leaves the road on your left (North) onto a footpath at grid ref. SU197634 or 51.369908, -1.717988.
(1)Follow this path North for just under a mile climbing onto the downs ignoring footpaths coming from the left. Reaching a path T-junction of footpath at grid ref. SU199642 turn left (West), following the Mid Wilts Way, and continue when the path turns right (North) to meet Mud Lane (grid ref. SU198646).
(2)At the junction, turn left along Mud Lane for two miles continuing along the Mid Wilts Way. The way ahead climbs steadily across the rolling downs crossing a lane and past a car park at grid ref. SU183645.
Continue straight ahead (South-West) with a steep escarpment to your left with an excellent view across the Vale of Pewsey. Reaching a path junction (grid ref. SU176642) continue straight ahead.
(3)At a cross-path (grid ref. SU174641) go straight ahead (South-West-West) and continue along the southern edge of Withy Copse on the edge of woodlands on your right-hand side to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. SU171641).
Turn left (South) here across the field to join the White Horse Trail to continue (South-West-West) along a ridge passing Giant's Grave. Continue to descend to a cross path (grid ref. SU161628). Go straight across and continue South keeping your left to reach Sunnyhill Lane (grid ref. SU161622).
(4)Cross Sunnyhill Lane and take the path opposite remaining on the White Horse Trail, keep your right-hand South to reach Pains Bridge (grid ref. SU164611) on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Turn left (North-East) along the canal towpath and stay along this canal for two and a half miles of easy walking back to Wootton Rivers. (S/E)