1.7 km long.
Barbury Castle is an ancient Iron Age hill fort and is one of several that can be found along the ancient Ridgeway walk. The modern Ridgeway footpath goes right through Barbury Castle.
This is a really quick and easy walk to do, even if you have young children. The hill is within the Barbury Castle Country Park, and there's a car park with toilets. This car park is already most of the way up the hill, and so it's an easy walk up to the old entrance to the castle. Once at the top, image what it would have been like to live here in those Iron Age roundhouses. You can carry on along the path to the exit at the opposite end, and then walk back between the ancient ramparts, and back to the path that takes you to the car park.
Aerial photo of the fot by Geotrekker72 CC BY-SA 4.0
Facilities DetailsThere is a toilet block in the car park.
On The Map
The park lies about three miles south-west of Chiseldon. From the M4 Junction 15 follow the A346 towards Marlborough until you see signs for Chiseldon. Then follow signs for Barbury Castle. From Swindon take the A4361 (Croft Road) towards Wroughton. At the junction by the Morrisons store, take the B4005 towards Chiseldon. Then follow signs towards Barbury Castle.