The Ridgeway: Walking Britain’s Oldest Road

Britain’s oldest ‘road’ cleaves its way through the heart of England and has been in constant use for 5000 years. The Ridgeway walk follows the chalk hills between Avebury in Wiltshire and Tring in Buckinghamshire – part of a busy Neolithic ‘highway’ that stretched across the country from Dorset to Norfolk.

Highlights
  • The Thames Valley landscape – a mixture of ancient woodlands and well-kept country villages
  • The chalky Chiltern Hills – an undulating path of woodland and wide chalk downs
  • Ivinghoe Beacon – a prominent landmark standing 233m high in the Chiltern Hills
  • The world-famous Avebury Stone Circle – a designated World Heritage Site dating from 2800BC
  • Wayland’s Smithy – a Neolithic tomb site with a fantastic legend attached to it
  • Silbury Hill –the largest man-made mound in Europe
  • Liddington Castle (Hillfort) – an Iron Age hill fort and the site where King Arthur defeated the Saxon army
  • Uffington White Horse – a huge 370ft long white horse dating from the Bronze Age
  • Various fascinating hill forts including Grim’s Ditch, Barbury and Pulpit Hill
  • 8 to 9 nights
  • 87 mls (view km)
  • Overton Hill, Southern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £710

Walking the Ridgeway

The 87 mile (139 km) Ridgeway National Trail begins at Overton Hill, near Avebury, and heads east on a long and particularly beautiful stretch of downland path along the North Wessex Downs - with wide, exhilarating views over the rolling countryside of Wiltshire.

In the Dark Ages, The Ridgeway was the main route for the Saxons and Vikings during their advances into Wessex.

The Ridgeway passes through a great number of Neolitic, Bronze age and Iron age sites such as the famous Uffington White Horse. Many observers have noted the proximity of the Ridgeway with the rash of crop circles that have emerged in the countryside alongside the route. The concentric shapes are

Walking Holidays with Celtic Trails

Our team would be delighted to talk to you about an itinerary for a walking holiday on The Ridgeway. Celtic Trails has 20 years’ experience providing tailored, quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate personal service, organisation and comfort.

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Path Walkthrough

The Ridgeway walk map
Our Ridgeway walking route takes you from Avebury Circle to Irvinghoe Beacon

The National Trail is well signposted, and fairly easy to follow with plenty of small village and towns on the way to rest, recuperate and stock up any supplies you may need while walking. Our itineraries work with the prevailing wind, meaning that although long, open sections are exposed to strong winds at times, progress along this direction is a bit easier.

The Ridgeway features many long stretches through field, woodland and rights of way through farmland - mainly gentle walking along ridges and chalk valleys. The route is not without its share of short steep sections, however the majority of the route is fairly gentle and workable. Towards the end of the trail, where the route meets the North Wessex Downs you'll find steep sections are more prevalent. However, walking through this designated Area of Outstanding Beauty, the views you get from a steep climb up the hills are definitely worthwhile.

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Our Ridgeway Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon

Length: 87 miles/ 140 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
TR1
8 Nights / 7 Days
£710

Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon

8 Nights / 7 Days
Holiday Code: TR1
Price: £710 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive East Kennet/Avebury
Day 2:Avebury/Overton Hill to Liddlington Hill15.5 miles/25 km
Day 3:Liddlington Hill to Wantage exit12 miles/19 km
Day 4:Wantage exit to Goring14.5 miles/23.2 km
Day 5:Goring to Watlington exit14.5 miles/23.2 km
Day 6:Watlington exit to Lower Cadsden12.5 miles/20 km
Day 7:Lower Cadsden to Aldbury13.5 miles/21.6 km
Day 8:Aldbury to Ivinghoe Beacon and return to Aldbury8 miles/12.8 km
Day 9:Depart Aldbury

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Avebury on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Ivinghoe Beacon on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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TR2
9 Nights / 8 Days
£795

Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon

9 Nights / 8 Days
Holiday Code: TR2
Price: £795 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £45 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive East KennettAvebury
Day 2:East Kennett/Avebury to Ogbourne St George9.5 miles/15 km
Day 3:Ogbourne St George to Woolstone12 miles/19 km
Day 4:Woolstone to Wantage exit6.5 miles/10.5km
Day 5:Wantage exit to Goring Gap14.5 miles/23.2 km
Day 6:Goring Gap to Watlington exit14.5 miles/23.2 km
Day 7:Watlington exit to Lower Cadsden12.5 miles/20 km
Day 8:Lower Cadsden to Aldbury13.5 miles/11.6 km
Day 9:Aldbury to Ivinghoe Beacon and return to Aldbury8 miles/12.8 km
Day 10:Depart Aldbury

Itinerary Information: 9 nights accommodation with 8 walking days. Arrive in Avebury on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Ivinghoe Beacon on morning of day 10.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide and OS mapping, itinerary, accommodation directions and holiday planning.
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £45 per night.

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £35 per night.

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £52.50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

  • Getting There

    If you're arriving by public transport, you'll want to get the train to Swindon (regular services from the south, east and west) and from there catch the bus to Avebury (No. 49, runs hourly).

    If you're driving down to the start of the route, car parking can be arranged at your first night’s accommodation at a rate of £5 per night (you do not pay for the night you are staying there).

    Nearest railway stations are located in Swindon (for East Kennett/Avebury) and Tring.

    www.nationalrail.co.uk            

    Buses from Swindon to Avebury (approximately 30 minutes journey)

    www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk           

    Taxi transfer can be arranged from Swindon to Avebury on request.

  • Best Time to Travel

    The climate of Wiltshire county area is generally mild, but where you're walking along wide open fields, exposed to the elements you may find quite strong winds.

    Average Temperatures                                           Average Sunshine on South Downs Way                                  Average Rainfall on South Downs Way

Walker Reviews of Our Ridgeway Walking Holidays

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5, read a selection of 4 reviews below.

"Impeccable logistics, we always trust Celtic Trails to select first-rate accommodation - our first choice for walks in the UK."

4.8 out of 5

April 2018

"Celtic Trails' organisation was excellent."

5 out of 5

May 2017

"A brilliant holiday well organised."

5 out of 5

April 2017

"Celtic Trails exceeds expectations. [I enjoyed] taking the walk in the knowledge that everything else was organised for us. I have to admit we did not believe everything would go so smoothly, but everything worked according to your very detailed plans. Thank you for making this such an excellent walk."

5 out of 5

July 2016

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