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The Ridgeway National Trail

The Ridgeway National Trail
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One of thirteen National Trails in England, this 85-mile recreation route takes visitors through some of the most scenic landscape in the country which passes or crosses many important archaeological and wildlife sites along the way.
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Susannah P
Tiverton, UK1,568 contributions
Stunning views
May 2021 • Friends
Great hike, amazing wildlife, flower and forna.

Walked part of the Ridgeway with friends and enjoyed every step of the way
Written May 22, 2021
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Andrew C
St Anne, UK1,578 contributions
Great walk
Dec 2020 • Friends
Very breezy but superb views northwards over Swindon and the north. The downs east of Barbury Castle are flat and rolling and great for a brisk walk.🚶 Give it a go.
Written December 14, 2020
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Enkanear
Seattle, WA15 contributions
A delightful autumn walk on the Ridgeway National Trail
Sep 2019 • Solo
A delightful autumn walk on the Ridgeway National Trail

I walked the entire Ridgeway National Trail in England from Overton Hill near Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring (87 miles, 140 km) over 7 ½ days in the autumn of 2019. I carried a 20 lb pack, wore MerrelI low-cut hiking boots, used one walking stick (mostly to fend off dogs), and carried the map pages from the Trailblazer guide. I was lucky, the weather was especially nice with only a couple of hours of rain. Overall, the Ridgeway is a great walk, especially the sections along the River Thames and Grim’s Ditch. The only negative is that motorcycles and automobiles are allowed on some sections of the western half of the Ridgeway, making for clouds of dust. The most helpful thing I can do for readers planning this long-distance walk is to recommend places to stay. The night before I started the walk, I stayed at Dorwyn B&B just outside Avebury. One of the best B&Bs I have experienced. Very well-run and the nice family gave me a ride to Overton Hill in the morning. After 16 km, I stayed at the Inn with a Well (really does have an ancient well under glass in the lobby) in Osbourne St. George. Good food, nice hosts, but right next to the busy A346. Another 14 km and I arrived at an exemplary B&B/hotel, the Royal Oak in Bishopston. The room in a new building was very comfortable, and the food (especially the pork) from their own farm was great. A nice walk of 16 km and I’m at the Greyhound Inn at Letcombe Regis. A bit of a long steep trek down off the ridge from Segsbury Camp into LR, but the reward is another friendly B&B/hotel. Great service, real ale and food, with offers of rides to and from the property by Christina. I met friends there and, thankfully, the next morning we drove up to the Ridgeway and walked together for a couple of hours. This was a full day of walking 24 km to the Streatley YHA property. Horizontal rain during the last hour got me soaked, so I took refuge at a golf course club house, where a gentleman bought me a beer. The hostel is basic, inexpensive, clean and close to the shops of Goring-on-Thames. A wonderful, level, scenic walk of another 24 km brought me to Watlington. My choice of an Airbnb unit here was not satisfactory, so you are on your own. This disappointment was more than made up for after an 18 km walk to the Ridgeway Lodge right on the trail and just shy of Princes Risborough. This is a fabulous property with great rooms (ask for the upstairs room), views, and a comfortable, separate high-tech common space for guests which includes cooking facilities. The incredibly hospitable hosts that provided tea and cake upon arrival and a full English breakfast are also willing to drive you to the M&S shop in PR for dinner supplies. I can’t praise the Ridgeway Lodge enough. I want to stay there again as soon as I can. Now, here is how you set up the final and steepest day without a pack using a two-night stay. From PR I walked 20 km to Wiggington, was picked up by my nice Airbnb hosts (‘Aldbury room with a view’), driven to the local M&S for supplies, enjoyed a clean quiet room and nice breakfast, was driven back to Wiggington in the morning without pack, and finished the last somewhat challenging 10 km atop Ivinghoe Beacon. I walked back to Tring station and was picked up again by my helpful hosts. I then enjoyed a jovial dinner with them, another fine breakfast, and was driven back to Tring station for a mid-morning train to London. This walk was done in style, thanks to the gracious English people! What a great adventure. Highly recommended. This is my 8th long-distance walk in Europe. I’m 71 years old. If I can do it, you can do it.
Written December 28, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to share your Ridgeway experience over the summer, we love to hear from our walkers. Your detailed feedback on the accommodation (and what a range), is very helpful as we are constantly asked for information that best fits with individual needs and requirements. We will certainly share that with future walkers. With thanks and best wishes Mary
Written January 5, 2020
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j w
Liverpool, UK1,210 contributions
Some helpful hints
Aug 2019
I spent 3 days walking from just west of Wantage through to Ivinghoe Beacon, (64 miles) staying at Goring and Chinnor. Below are some thoughts and possible helpful hints
Positives;
1. well sign posted other than at 1 specific section - see 4 below
2. usually a good path underfoot
3. it is an easy walk with no steep hills
4. 20 miles a day was relatively easy at a steady pace
5. I used Davison's whose map was easy to follow (other than 4 below)
6. the path through the Chilterns and along the Thames are beautiful esp the section from Chinnor to P. Risborough.
Negatives;
1. the path over the Downs is wide, rutted, with bikes and cars on some sections travelling at speed which does not make for a relaxing walk.
2. there are lots of dogs not on leads on the Down sections and I had 2 episodes of dogs snapping at me with their owners a good way off. Keep your walking poles handy!
3. sadly I found the 20 miles of the Downs section boring after a couple of hours walking, nice views but not relaxing walking - too many dogs, cyclists and cars going too fast.
4. I missed the 90 degree turn that the Ridgeway Path takes near East Isley as there was a large van parked in front of the finger post sign and on p24 of Davison's booklet it is on the turn of the page.
5. the main route text in Davison is not always easy to follow as there are so many side routes explained and it is not obvious which text refers to which section.

Overall I did enjoy my trip esp the Eastern part from Goring just disappointed by the section on the Downs.
Written August 9, 2019
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Thanks for your feedback about The Ridgeway. Great to hear you found the Trail well signed and scenic through the Chilterns. We are sorry your experience was marred by poor surfaces and vehicles in the North Wessex Downs stretch (Goring to Avebury). There are only a few places where the public are legally allowed to drive vehicles on the Trail and illegal off-roading is reported to the police, with help from the public who spot them (see https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/news/driving-ridgeway-and-what-do-if-you-see-illegal-activity). We are currently working to improve how we manage vehicles on the Trail and making signage clear for drivers. We are always fundraising to carry out surface repairs and our priority project currently is a big project with Wiltshire Council to repair the rutted surface in the World Heritage Site near Avebury. The Friends of the Ridgeway charity is collecting donations towards the World Heritage Site project - https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/news/show-you-care-ridgeway. On the topic of dog walkers, the Trail is a great place for dogs and this means the Trail suffers problems that other popular places do. On social media and in our newsletter, we encourage responsible dog ownership such as not leaving dog mess on the track and controlling dogs near livestock – your point is new to us so thanks for flagging it up and we will incorporate the point into our future messages.
Written September 5, 2019
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FattyLondon
London99 contributions
A good walk
Jun 2019 • Couples
My husband and I went on the Ridgeway trail, carrying our backpacks. The walk itself was not too bad. Our love of walking led us to try this trail. My only complaint was that there was not many places to sit on a 16-20 miles long walks, except on the floor which was a pain as it was raining.
Written June 22, 2019
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Thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed the Trail! Your feedback about benches is very valid, lots of people tell us they would like more benches. We have now made it possible for the public to donate towards new benches in specific locations along the Trail – see here: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/news/show-you-care-ridgeway In locations that are particularly popular or significant, such as near Uffington White Horse or on National Trust properties, we plan to install sculptural benches to reflect the stories associated with the place (this increases the amount we need to fundraise but we think art and history is worth the extra cost).
Written September 5, 2019
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appyemma
Exeter, UK4 contributions
Fantastic weeks riding!
May 2019
Myself and a friend rode the full length of the ridgeway, starting in West Kennet and picking up the Swan way and Icknield way riders route east of Streatley where the Ridgeway itself becomes a footpath. We averaged 18 - 20 miles per day which was a nice easy pace allowing time for sightseeing. Our total milage was 103. It is a lovely ride with stunning scenery and little roadwork. We found horse friendly B&B's along the route which meant we had to carry less gear. Highly recommend!
Written June 20, 2019
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Thank you very much for your review, we're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip along The Ridgeway. There’s lots going on along The Ridgeway and you can hear all about it in our free newsletter published four times a year – email ridgeway@oxfordshire.gov.uk if you'd like to join our mailing list.
Written September 5, 2019
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Paul R
Epping, UK1,165 contributions
Guaranteed Entertainment
Jun 2019 • Couples
The ground was very dry and the tracks dusty but that didn't take away our enjoyment of cycling along the Ridgeway. The restrictions of motorised traffic are lifted at this time of year, but we found the few motorcycles and cars that were sharing the space, all showed considerable toleration and respect.
A terrific days entertainment can almost be guaranteed.
Written June 9, 2019
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Thanks for your review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed The Ridgeway and that other users of the trail were considerate. Hope that you'll enjoy more trips along this historic route.
Written September 5, 2019
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Tom H
Tiverton, UK112 contributions
Lovely walking route
Nov 2018 • Couples
Stunning countryside trail, perfect for long walks in peace and quiet. We visited the section near West Ilsley in Berkshire which provided ample free parking as well as several small, local pubs nearby for refreshments after the walk.
Written December 5, 2018
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,217 contributions
Best to choose day walks
Aug 2018 • Friends
There are some excellent ancient sites along the track which make great focal points for day walks including Avebury, Waylands Smithy and the White Horse at Uffington (though it's not possible to see the horse properly from ground level).

Personally I wouldn't recommend walking the whole length of it though. It's not the most exciting trail as a lot of it is flat with fields and sometimes wide open views but no real points of interest along the way. Other sections go between hedges with little to see. Can also be hard going underfoot as parts of the track have been badly churned up by motorbikes and 4x4 vehicles. There's very little shelter so in bad weather or winter conditions it's not at all pleasant!
Written September 11, 2018
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DunelmArts
Aberdeen, UK912 contributions
You don't have to walk it all!
Aug 2018 • Couples
The Ridgeway follows an 87 mile long route used since prehistoric times by travellers and herdsmen. It’s amazing to think you’re treading in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors. The trail runs from Overton Hill to Ivinghoe Beacon, but of course you don’t have to walk it all! We walked a section in the Chilterns, and midweek it was very quiet. It’s a well signposted route offering lovely views over rolling countryside. However for local, circular walks, it would be helpful if the signposts indicated the name of the next village, rather than an generic sign saying “Ridgeway Footpath” or “Ridgeway Bridlepath”, especially as in places the Bridlepath and Footpath appear to diverge.
Written September 11, 2018
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