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, 213km

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 1 vote | No 29. 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
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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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
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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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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
  • 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
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
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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  • The Book Depository, United Kingdom
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  • Bol.com, Netherlands
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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
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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Walking in the North Wessex Downs
  • Guidebook to 30 circular day walks in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The routes, which range from 4 to 13 miles long take in parts of four counties - Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The walks allow you to explore parts of the Ridgeway National Trail, the Kennet and Avon Canal and stunning... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Walking in the North Wessex Downs
  • Guidebook to 30 circular day walks in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The routes, which range from 4 to 13 miles long take in parts of four counties - Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The walks allow you to explore parts of the Ridgeway National Trail, the Kennet and Avon Canal and stunning... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking on the North Wessex Downs | Cicerone
  • 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
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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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • The Ridgeway: Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon
  • Practical guide to walking the whole of the Ridgeway National Trail. The Ridgeway path begins near Avebury and runs 87 miles across the high chalk downs of Wiltshire, into the Thames Valley and on to the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury. Includes: Ridgeway map, 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • The Ridgeway
  • Practical guide to walking the Ridgeway National Trail that begins near Avebury & runs 87 miles across the downs of Wiltshire, the Thames Valley, the Chiltern Hills, finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury. Includes: 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides to 24 towns & villages; accommodation; places to eat; public transport information. Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • The Ridgeway
  • Practical guide to walking the Ridgeway National Trail that begins near Avebury & runs 87 miles across the downs of Wiltshire, the Thames Valley, the Chiltern Hills, finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury. Includes: 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides to 24 towns & villages; accommodation; places to eat; public transport information. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids The Ridgeway | Trailblazer
  • Practical guide to walking the whole of the Ridgeway National Trail. The Ridgeway path begins near Avebury and runs 87 miles across the high chalk downs of Wiltshire, into the Thames Valley and on to the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury. Includes: Ridgeway map, 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Trailblazer The Ridgeway
  • Practical guide to walking the whole of the Ridgeway National Trail. The Ridgeway path begins near Avebury and runs 87 miles across the high chalk downs of Wiltshire, into the Thames Valley and on to the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury. Includes: Ridgeway map, 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Trailblazer The Ridgeway
  • Practical guide to walking the whole of the Ridgeway National Trail. The Ridgeway path begins near Avebury and runs 87 miles across the high chalk downs of Wiltshire, into the Thames Valley and on to the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury. Includes: Ridgeway map, 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • UNEXPECTED
  • From the peak of a mountain or the barrel of a wave, Patagonia has collected some of the most spectacular sports imagery in history. Relive the achievements captured in Patagonia's history, as well as the joie de vivre fostered by nurturing a relationship with the great outdoors. Unique for a business enterprise, Patagonia's catalog devotes... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • UNEXPECTED
  • From the peak of a mountain or the barrel of a wave, Patagonia has collected some of the most spectacular sports imagery in history. Relive the achievements captured in Patagonia's history, as well as the joie de vivre fostered by nurturing a relationship with the great outdoors. Unique for a business enterprise, Patagonia's catalog devotes... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Ridgeway
  • The Ridgeway National Trail runs for 87 miles (139 km) through south-west England along one of Europe's most ancient pathways. This waterproof guidebook contains detailed directions for walkers and advice for cyclists. It is full of background and practical information, supported by 80 colour photographs and a dropdown map. Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Ridgeway
  • The Ridgeway National Trail runs for 87 miles (139 km) through south-west England along one of Europe's most ancient pathways. This waterproof guidebook contains detailed directions for walkers and advice for cyclists. It is full of background and practical information, supported by 80 colour photographs and a dropdown map. 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
United Kingdom
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelkaart Adventure Atlas Thames Path | A-Z Map Company
  • 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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