New Book – The Great Stones Way

My latest book – The Great Stones Way – has just been published by Cicerone.


This is the first guide to a new long distance path through the Wiltshire Downs developed by The Friends of the Ridgeway.

The Great Stones Way runs for 36 miles from Barbury Castle (near Swindon) to Old Sarum (near Salisbury). Optional loops take the distance up to 53 miles and allow you to visit some of England’s most important prehistoric sites, including Avebury and Stonehenge, whilst an optional ending at Salisbury visits the magnificent medieval cathedral.

The route strides across downs with wide-ranging views and meanders beside the tranquil River Avon, taking in picture-perfect villages, churches and cosy pubs. Described in the guide as 6 stages, it’s perfect for an energetic long weekend of a more leisurely week, with good transport links at either end.

The guide includes Ordnance Survey map extracts, route directions, lots of interesting historical information, and general information to help plan your walk along The Great Stones Way.

ISNB: 978 1 85284 613 8

Available now from the publisher, local bookshops and online – see the books pages for more details.

Book Contents

Introduction – this briefly covers the history, geology and nature of the area as well as giving details on your planning walk, how to get to and from the Way and where to stay

The Great Stones Way:

Stage 1 Coate Water to Barbury Castle – the official start

Stage 2 Barbury Castle to Overton Hill including the optional loop visiting Avebury

Stage 3 Overton Hill to Casterley Camp including three optional routes: the Wansdyke and Alton Barnes White Horse loop, the Marden Henge route and White Horse Trail route

Stage 4 Casterley Camp to Netheravon

Stage 5 Netheravon to Great Durnford including the optional loop visiting Stonehenge

Stage 6 Great Durnford to Old Sarum including the optional finish in Salisbury