Walking the Great Stones Way

The Great Stones Way is a total of 58.5km (36.5 miles) and is divided into three sections of approximately 20km each which you can access from the links on the right.

Each section is described in detail, giving you directions and links to suitable places to stay, where to eat, and things to see.  The walks are graded according to difficulty and an estimate of the time needed is included.

As well as this, there are guides for circular walks from each section, for those who wish to explore further.

Although you are never far from civilisation on The Great Stones Way you should:

When out walking, follow the Countryside Code and remember that you walk close to a number of scheduled monuments.  Do not disturb the sites nor remove anything from them, apart from photographs, and do not leave anything, try to follow marked routes around them.

The whole route is on public Rights of Way.  Most of the route has been waymarked with distinctive GSW signs.

Notes for Walkers

  • make sure you dress appropriately for the conditions, which may change quickly
  • wear walking boots or stout walking shoes
  • let someone know your plans and when you aim to be back home or at your accommodation
  • not rely on mobile telephones – network coverage is patchy
  • have maps (OS Explorer 157 and 130) with you and be able to read them 

The best advice we can give anyone contemplating walking The Great Stones Way is to purchase or obtain a copy of the Cicerone Guide to the route.  Written by Steve Davison, it not only gives you very clear route guidance and OS mapping in a handy pocket sized book, it also contains much interesting material on the history of landscape you are walking through, its geology and nature and features of note along the way.  The book may be obtained from all good bookstores.