The Celtic Way is a walking route linking  ancient sites in western Britain. it runs from the Pembrokeshire Preseli Mountains across to Stonehenge and Glastonbury. There is also a route from Cornwall up to Stonehenge and a link to Brittany in western France.

This site is the online archive for the original walking guide to the route and its significant sites.

Details of the 21 sections of the route can be found in these two links: 

Booklink Wales               Booklink West. 

    Stones are the heart of the route.

Ancient sites like Stonehenge and Avebury are a melding of landscape and stone. Their unique features put these sites at the core of our prehistoric heritage.

So our route runs from Pembrokeshire through the ancient sites of south Wales, crossing the Severn into the west of England towards Avebury and Stonehenge.

The route then goes through the Hillforts of Wessex to Glastonbury and down the south-west peninsula to St Michael's Mount and Penwith.

Our hope is that you will use the archive to get more familiar with the route and sites along the way, but please be aware that the initial work and publication took place 14 years ago. The walking will have changed in places as footpath networks evolve. To this end we are undertaking three pieces of work:

  • Updated downloadable leaflets for each section
  • Site filming with short information films about significant sites along the route
  • A revised guide with a local infrastructure to get signing and maintain route integrity


Progress and links will be posted .


The original guide was published with safety cautions and reference to the country code. Although this archive is offered to anyone interested in the route, only you are responsible for your walking choices. 

                              A few hints:

  • The route is not dog-friendly. Don't take your four-legged friend, the farmers work this landscape and the only dogs on it should be working dogs. No arguments! I don't take my dog.
  • Don't overestimate your ability to make progress: there are bound to be poor paths, blocked paths, hard to find paths.
  • Even on clement days, the weather is not your friend on the uplands. Protect yourself. If you get it wrong, it is not only you who pays the price.

The links below might be useful if you are planning to walk any of the route:

        The Countryside Code published by Natural England

         Hillwalking Guidance. The Brecon Beacons guidance for     strenuous walking.

Don't forget that each section will have county guides to the area showing transport, accommodation, and tourist information.

If you would like to comment or offer updating information please get in contact.

Walk wisely and thoughtfully, and may your own personal Merlin walk with you!