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.

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The Ridgeway, 140km

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 1 vote | No 25. 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

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Ridgeway National Trail
  • Guidebook to the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87 mile (139km) route through the south of England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Accompanied by a pull-out 1:25K mapping booklet, this guidebook details the trail in both directions and features information on historic sites and facilities along the way. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids The Ridgeway | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van de Ridgeway, waarbij naast alle noodzakelijke informatie ook gebruik gemaakt wordt van de echte topografische kaart. Inclusief gidsje met routekaarten van 1:25000 This guidebook - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate OS map booklet - describes the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87 mile (139km) route... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Ridgeway Map Booklet
  • Map of the 87 mile (139km) Ridgeway National Trail through the south of England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. This booklet is included with the Cicerone guidebook to the trail, and shows the full route on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps. Presented in 12 stages in the guidebook, the trail typically takes 6-8 days. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Ridgeway Map Booklet
  • All the mapping you need to walk the Ridgeway National Trail an 87-mile (139km) route through southern England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Following a ridge of chalk hills through the Chiltern Hills AONB and North Wessex Downs AONB, the Ridgeway is usually completed over 6-8 days and can be walked all year... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking in the North Wessex Downs
  • 30 walking routes exploring the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The routes are between 7 and 20km through this peaceful rolling chalk landscape covering parts of four counties: Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, with descriptions to reach the highest points in each one. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • North Wessex Downs Walking
  • This guidebook to 30 walks in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) explore walking routes between 7 and 20km in length, through Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, and are suitable for walkers of all abilities. Alongside detailed route descriptions and OS maps, are plenty of details on points of... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking in the North Wessex Downs
  • 30 walking routes exploring the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The routes are between 7 to 20km through this peaceful rolling chalk landscape covering parts of four counties: Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, with descriptions to reach the highest points in each one. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking on the North Wessex Downs | Cicerone
  • This guidebook to 30 walks in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) explore walking routes between 7 and 20km in length, through Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The name 'Wessex' brings to mind Alfred the Great, Saxon hordes and chalk downs sculpted into ancient forts. And while that is all true, the... Read more
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Cicerone Press
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 2-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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Thames Valley | Cicerone
  • Walking in the Thames Valley offers 25 challenging circular walks around the River Thames and River Kennet in the south of England, taking in the Southern Chilterns, the Berkshire and North Hampshire Downs, Southern Oxfordshire and the eastern edge of Wiltshire. All routes are within easy reach of Reading, Newbury, Abingdon and London. While... 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
  • 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
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Walks in London and South England | Rough Guides
  • The city walks explore areas of London's rivers, canals, and woodland, from Richmond to Camden. Outside London there are accounts of both the established walks, such as the Ridgeway, and original routes, taking you to lesser-known areas of interest. All the routes include colorful background information on places of interest along the way and... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walk! Dorset
  • Walk Dorset is Charles Davis’ Discovery Walking Guide surveying the many walks available in the rural landscape of Dorset. The guide covers a range of walks including routes on the Purbeck Way and Wessex Ridgeway, coastal walks near Piddle and Frome, island trips to Portland and ideas for rambles on weekend breaks in and around Chedington,... Read more
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
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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
2013
  • The Ridgeway National Trail
  • Steve Davison’s Cicerone guide to the Ridgeway National Trail will help you enjoy the 139km (87 miles) most historic walking route, from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon. It will lead you through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the chalky North Wessex Downs and the wooded Chiltern Hills. This is an ideal guide for day trips as well as... Read more
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
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Great Walks Of Europe
  • From the high-level route across the Pyrenees to the scenic Kerry Way in Ireland, from a descent through the Samaria Gorge in Crete to an ascent of Helvellyn in the Lake District, this book identifies the greatest walks in Europe: twelve of the best long-distance walks (taking from four to fifteen days to complete) and twelve extraordinary day... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
  • The Ridgeway
  • 53 Large-Scale Walking Maps & Guides to 24 Towns and Villages - Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat - Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids The Ridgeway | Trailblazer
  • Goede wandelgids waarin met veel details alle etappes zijn beschreven. Tevens informatie over overnachtingen en openbaar vervoer. This is an all-in-one hiking guide to The Ridgeway, an 87-mile trail that partly follows England's oldest road which dates from prehistoric times. Easily accessible from London, this is not a difficult walk and the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walk into Prehistory
  • A unique illustrated guidebook to walking 40 of Britain and Ireland`s most important and impressive prehistoric monuments. Ranging from stone circles and henges to hillforts and burial chambers, Bill Bevan describes how these monuments were deliberately built and located to be seen and approached from certain directions. Processional routes led... Read more
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United Kingdom
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Maps

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelkaart Adventure Atlas Thames Path | A-Z
  • AZ heeft de meest gedetailleerde wandelkaarten van het Thames Path gebundeld in een atlasje. Daardoor is het heel handig qua formaat. De kaarten zelf zijn perfect voor het wandelen. Schaal 1:25.000 The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey's 1:25000 mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ridgeway
  • 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
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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
United Kingdom
  • Cycle Tours Around Oxford
  • Oxford has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most cycle-friendly cities in the country. This spiral-bound guide describes 20 wonderful bike rides in the countryside in a 30-mile radius around the city, exploring the delights of the Cotswolds, the Lambourn Downs and the Chilterns. The book contains 15 rides on networks of quiet lanes... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Ridgeway
  • 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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