Adam's Grave/White Horse
A favourite walk for many visitors and locals - at every time of year. It can't fail to uplift you!
Adam's Grave is a large barrow on the top of Walkers' Hill in the southern escarpment of the Marlborough Downs. It overlooks the Vale of Pewsey at Alton Barnes. The road connecting the Vale with the A4 at Fyfield/Lockeridge runs down the side of the hill, providing a spectacular first view of the Vale.
It is a beautiful walk on English Nature property - in addition to the view and the fresh air, the chalk downs are covered in flowers in spring and summer, including orchids, with countless butterflies, insects, white snails etc...
Just along from the barrow is the Alton Barnes White Horse, dug in the 19th Century. You are supposed to sit on the eye and make a wish!
You can carry on walking past the White Horse and on around Milk Hill to link up with the Wansdyke (& back in a circle or onwards to Tan Hill). This direction opens up the views West and North to the Cotswolds, Avebury and Hackpen Hill on the Ridgeway.
Walking to the White Horse, with Adam's Grave in the background. Photo: AFCG Dec 2001