Ridgeway

Description

  1. Name Ridgeway
  2. Length of trail 137 km, 85 miles
  3. Length in days 7 days
  4. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

Ridgeway 85 miles. 137 km.

National Trail

The Ridgeway is a trail on a high stretch of chalk hills East of London. From early times onwards men has used this route for travel. It was a reliable trading route, avoiding wet marshes in the lower areas. Traces of human presence have been found as far as 5.000 years back. Therefore, also this road has been called "Britains oldest road", just as many others claim this title (ref. Icknield Way Path).

For the modern traveller, you and me, taking the trouble to leave our safe hamlet is justified for two reasons. First, it is a beautiful walk among friendly and soft sloping fields and forest. Like all chalk downs in Britain, the grasslands are particularly rich in flowers, animal and insect life. Second, along the trail we will encounter many reminders of the past, those travellers from thousand years ago that took the same way, but for different reasons. Ours is a stroll out of the city, and great it is we stay in touch with our ancestors.

Select some tracks
The Ridgeway, 140km
Wessex Ridgeway, 212km
Ridgeway Hill Lookout Hike, 6km

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 1 vote | No 32. in United Kingdom
  • Aaron Barnes August 2009
  • Rate 7
  • Positive One of the oldest continuously used routes in the world and has the history to boot. A trail of two very different halves, which really add to the experience. Start at the awe inspiring Avebury Ring and finish at the spectacular Ivinghoe Beacon. Delightful walk through the Chilterns - you will become very familiar with the Red Kite!
  • Negative A lot of walking on by-ways early on with chalk underfoot. Many places quite badly rutted from off-roading, although traffic is now prohibited from most of these sections. Can be surprisingly hard work under foot when wet.
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Ridgeway

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Buckinghamshire: A Dog Walker`s Guide
  • This book contains 20 walks, varying in length from 11/2 to 5 miles, covering the best places to walk your dog in Buckinghamshire. The routes here have been selected not only because they take in the area`s finest countryside, but also because they allow for maximum off-lead time and dog safety. There are walks along parts of the Ridgeway at... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2008
  • Walking in the Thames Valley
  • Walking in the Thames Valley describes 25 adventurous day walks in the area covering the North Hampshire Downs, Berkshire and the Southern Chilterns with easy access to London and Reading. The circular walks vary from 10 to 18 miles, including one two-day walk, as well as shorter route options for those who want a less strenuous day out. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2008
  • Thames Valley Walking (25 circular walks)
  • Steve Davison Cicerone guide to Walking in the Thames Valley is a comprehensive exploration of walking opportunities in the countryside of the Upper Thames. The countryside that the Thames flows through includes the Southern Chilterns, Berkshire, Lambourn and North Hampshire Downs and Southern Oxfordshire, all within easy reach of Reading,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Thames Valley | Cicerone
  • Walking in the Thames Valley describes 25 adventurous day walks in the area covering the North Hampshire Downs, Berkshire and the Southern Chilterns with easy access to London and Reading. The circular walks vary from 10 to 18 miles, including one two-day walk, as well as shorter route options for those who want a less strenuous day out. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Ridgeway a Dog Walker`s Guide
  • Here is a collection of 20 tried and tested circular walks ranging in length between 2.5 and 8.5 miles. They include crucial dog-walking factors such as livestock, stiles and roads, with warnings in advance when a lead is necessary and when it`s safe for your dog to run free. The routes pass by a number of quintessential English villages, many... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Rough Guide to Walks in London & the Southeast
  • Whether you fancy strolling the Saxon Shore, wandering in the Weald or enjoying a day of dawdling in the capital, the fully updated third edition of The Rough Guide to Walks in London and the Southeast is the ultimate guide to walks in this richly varied region. Suitable for all abilities and easily accessible on public transport from London,... Read more
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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Icknield Way Path: A Walkers` Guide
  • The Icknield Way Path – 110 miles along the ‘oldest road in Britain’ linking the Ridgeway Path to the Peddars Way, following footpaths close to the ancient route and including a link into Thetford. Written walk directions are accompanied by sketch map extracts from Landranger OS maps customised with additional information, useful for walkers.... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • Thames Valley & Chilterns 2016
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Thames Valley & Chilterns
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Thames Valley & Chilterns
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Thames Valley & Chilterns
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids 25 Pathfinder Guides Thames Valley and Chilterns | Ordnance Survey
  • The Chilterns form part of the long line of chalk hills stretching intermittently across southern and eastern England. It is an area characterised by beech woods and dry valleys, and these natural features are explored in the routes. The Thames Valley is steeped in history, from Windsor Castle and Richmond Park to Runnymede Meadows, where the... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • The South West Coast Path
  • The South West Coast Path National Trail (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset. The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • The South West Coast Path
  • The South West Coast Path National Trail (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset. The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids The South West Coast Path | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to walking the entire South West Coast Path National Trail. The route runs for 630 miles from Minehead to Poole along the north Devon, Cornish, south Devon and Dorset coastline. Divided into 45 stages, this long-distance coastal trek could be completed within 4 weeks, or walked in sections. Guide includes maps and essential information. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walk! Dorset
  • There is a genuinely enduring patch of England that matches and improves on the bucolic cliches, a place where modern services collude with picturesque villages and unspoiled countryside to provide the perfect holiday destination, and where geology and history have conspired to fashion a landscape that can only properly be explored on foot.... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Walk! Dorset
  • There is a genuinely enduring patch of England that matches and improves on the bucolic cliches, a place where modern services collude with picturesque villages and unspoiled countryside to provide the perfect holiday destination, and where geology and history have conspired to fashion a landscape that can only properly be explored on foot.... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Wiltshire a Dog Walker's Guide
  • The 20 circular routes have been carefully designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. The walks include Barbury Castle, Ogbourne St George,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wiltshire a Dog Walker`s Guide
  • The 20 circular routes have been carefully designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. The walks include Barbury Castle, Ogbourne St George,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wiltshire a Dog Walker's Guide
  • The 20 circular routes have been carefully designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. The walks include Barbury Castle, Ogbourne St George,... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wiltshire a Dog Walker's Guide
  • The 20 circular routes have been carefully designed with maximum off-lead time and minimum exposure to roads. Each walk has information on the distance and terrain, livestock likely to be encountered, number and type of stiles en route and in an emergency, the nearest veterinary surgery. The walks include Barbury Castle, Ogbourne St George,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • The Ridgeway
  • The Ridgeway follows one of the oldest 'green roads' in Europe. It runs for 87 miles (140 km) from Overton Hill in the west, across the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of the White Horse, to Ivinghoe Beacon on the northern edge of the Chilterns. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • The Ridgeway
  • The Ridgeway follows one of the oldest 'green roads' in Europe. It runs for 87 miles (140 km) from Overton Hill in the west, across the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of the White Horse, to Ivinghoe Beacon on the northern edge of the Chilterns. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you... Read more
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Maps

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Ridgeway XT40
  • The Ridgway, a 139km / 87 mile national trail from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The route is shown on six overlapping panels.Maps in the Harvey Read more
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Stanfords
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  • Ridgeway Harvey National Trail XT40
  • The Ridgway, a 139km / 87 mile national trail from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The route is shown on six overlapping panels.Maps in the Harvey’s series covering Great Britain’s national trails and other... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Fietskaart Ridgeway | Harvey Maps
  • The Ridgway, a 139km / 87 mile national trail from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The route is shown on six overlapping panels.Maps in the Harvey Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Niagara Falls - Fort Erie - Niagara-on-the-Lake - Grand Island
  • Double-sided, indexed street plan at 1:28,000 of Niagara Falls area on both sides of the Niagara River, in Canada and USA. Coverage extends north from Niagara Falls to Lake Ontario to include Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Canadian side plus Youngstown, Porter and Lewiston in USA. On the reverse coverage continues southwards to Lake Eire to cover... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Thames Path Adventure Atlas
  • The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey`s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey`s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Thames Path Adventure Atlas
  • The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey`s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey`s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Ridgeway Walk | Britain's Oldest Road
  • An 8 - 10 day self guided walking holiday along The Ridgeway. The Ridgeway offers walkers a tranquil escape from day to day life, passing two distinct and different landscapes; the open and remote countryside of the Wessex Downs and the quaint villages and chalk grassland of the Chiltern Hills. Often described as Britain’s oldest road, the... Read more
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