The Ridgeway Information
Find answers to the most common questions about the Trail below
The Ridgeway, Britain’s oldest road, follows the same route over the high ground used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers. Travel on a journey through time for 87 miles (139 Km). Experience wide, open views of rolling chalk downland and explore the many archaeological treasures close to the Trail including Neolithic long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and the figures of white horses cut into the chalk. Relax in the evening at a cosy pub in one of the villages or small towns along the trail.
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There are some great circular walks and rides to sample parts of The Ridgeway and explore the surrounding area. Going further afield opens up opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the history and nature of the area, and also support local pubs, museums and shops.
The Ridgeway Partnership works with partner organisations to promote a set of high quality and well-maintained circular and linear routes. These are detailed on our webpage for circular and linear walks and rides. Other routes can be found in guidebooks, online blogs, walking magazines etc.
Most routes we promote are suitable for a day visit, but a few others propose multi-day trips as an opportunity to dip into the attractive places to stay and eat in the area, perhaps as a weekend break. There are linear walks and rides that provide useful connecting or ‘link routes’ between the Trail and nearby train stations or major towns, e.g. National Cycle Network routes. Linear routes are also a great way to add distance so as to extend your holiday or build fitness, e.g. Icknield Way.
Use the Map Filter to see places to visit and where to stay along The Ridgeway. View information on the map by ticking the boxes in the Map Filter.
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