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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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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
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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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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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
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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
  • Newbury, Wantage, Hungerford & Didcot OS Landranger Map 174 (paper)
  • Newbury - Wantage area, including a section of the Ridgeway along the Lambourn Downs, on a paper version of map No. 174 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger title now... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Swindon, Devizes, Marlborough & Trowbridge OS Landranger Map 173 (paper)
  • Swindon - Devizes area, including the westernmost section of the Ridgeway and part of the Thames Path, on a paper version of map No. 173 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard, Thame & Berkhamsted OS Landranger Map 165 (paper)
  • Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and Thame area, including Chiltern Hills with part of the Ridgeway, on a paper version of map No. 165 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger... 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
  • 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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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

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
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
  • 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
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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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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Thames Path A-Z 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, Netherlands
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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
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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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
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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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