Ridgeway National Trail Directory
A view from the Ridgeway Path near Wendover
The Ridgeway runs from Overton Hill, near Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon. The start of the path is just down the road from the stone circle at Avebury, and almost in sight of the mysterious conical mound of Silbury Hill. The path wends its way across the chalk downs through at least three hill forts and passes within feet of the burial mound at Wayland's Smithy and the White Horse at Uffington. The landscape is more varied after Goring, where the path crosses the Thames before climbing into the deciduous groves of the Chiltern Hills. The scenery is exhilarating, and if you have the luck to reach Ivinghoe Beacon on a blustery day you'll find it crowded with locals flying every sort of kite imaginable.
Open Source Maps
The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
National Trails of Great Britain
Comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.
A photographic record of the walk.
The best web sites for Guided Walking:
A service offering transportation for each stage and the provision of an experienced guide.
The web sites that organise accommodation and/ or baggage transfer:
Full self guided walkers service.
Full range of self guided walking services. Three alternatives to the walk offered.
A dedicated luggage transfers service.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems
Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.
The best personal journals of the walk:
My report of a wonderful seven days walking which was full of enjoyment on the Ridgeway.
Peter provides a good journal of the walk.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK
You may need them so take their advice.
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Postscript: My walk reports are not route guides and should not be treated as such. They are written with personal reflections of my walks)