The following tips and suggestions should stand you in good stead for your walk or ride along the National Trail. Any further tips will be gratefully received - please e-mail email@example.com and put 'Top Tips - Ridgeway' as the e-mail subject.
1. The best time to visit The Ridgeway is from April to October when the ground is drier. This applies particularly to those sections which are byways, restricted byways and bridleways (ie all of the western half and some parts of the eastern half) which can become muddy in winter.
2. Parts of the Trail which are viewing points or adjacent to tourist attractions can be busy in the school holidays and at weekends in summer (particularly those with a car park close by). You may want to plan your visit to avoid these times. By starting your journey on a weekday you might avoid some of the crowds and find it easier to book your accommodation.
3. Donít try and do too much in one day. Although the highest points along The Ridgeway are not as high as some other Trails, the total ascent and descent that will be covered during a day on the Trail is almost 60% of that done on the Pennine Way! Also, do allow time for visiting local attractions. The Ridgeway has been divided into six sections for walkers according to what seems a reasonable amount that can be achieved in a day by many people - see our About this Trail pages for details.
4. Walkers should wear sensible footwear and carry waterproof clothing, just in case. Some sections of the route have very little shade, particularly on the western half so carry a hat and sun block too in spring and summer. There are very few water taps along the Trail so make sure you carry plenty to drink.
5. Book your accommodation beforehand. If you turn up without a booking during the main season you risk being disappointed.
6. When booking accommodation check to see if a pick-up and drop-off service is provided for walkers.
7. Carry a cheque book. Not all accommodation providers accept debit and credit cards. Also, plan ahead and note where you can find banks, cash point machines and Post Offices.
8. Carry your mobile phone with you, if you have one. Use it to phone ahead to order lunch or to meet your pre-arranged pick-ups.
9. Know where you can access public transport and carry the necessary timetables.
10. If you are a member of either English Heritage or the National Trust, remember to pack your membership cards as there are several sites owned or managed by these organisations close to the Trail.
11. Don't forget to pack your map and/or guidebook!