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The Ridgeway

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The Ridgeway

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For the past 5000 years, The Ridgeway has been walked and ridden by traders, invaders, farmers and soldiers. This is your chance to follow in their footsteps along ‘Britain’s oldest road’. A trail of two halves, you will pass through two diverse sceneries on the way; the rolling landscapes of the North Wessex Downs AONB and the woodlands and farmlands of the Chilterns AONB.

Quick Facts

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 87 miles (140km) and 2,357m (7,732ft) of ascent
  • Walk along Britain’s oldest road

About & Details

Beginning in Overton Hill just outside the World Heritage Site of Avebury, the Ridgeway stretches 87 miles to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. The trail has a captivating history, dating back thousands of years, remnants of which you will see on your journey, from Iron Age Forts to White Horses carved into chalky hillsides. The western half of the trail in particular is surprisingly remote and follows uncrowded paths through the North Wessex Downs – perfect for those of you who just want to get away from it all! On your way, you will encounter broadleaved woodlands, wide open skies, quaint villages and remarkable historic sites, before taking in the spectacular, far-reaching views from the end point at Ivinghoe Beacon.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.

The price for this trip is based on 2 people sharing.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By Air: The nearest airports are London Heathrow and Bristol.

By Rail / Bus: The closest railway station to Overton Hill is Swindon which has regular services from London Paddington. From here you can then take the number 49 Stagecoach bus to Avebury (around a 30 minute journey).

Getting Away

By Air: The nearest airports to Tring is London Luton which offers both domestic and international flights. Luton can be reached either by taxi, bus or train.

By Rail / Bus: If you wish to depart via train, you will need to retrace your steps to Tring, either via the Ridgeway or an alternative route. You can also take the bus – please visit https://www.traveline.info/ for more information. Tring is on the West Coast mainline and has services to London, Birmingham, the North and Scotland.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at the end of the trail, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘build your trip’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

Inclusions

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £35 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveler supplement £35 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £35 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Overton Hill / Avebury

    The official start of The Ridgeway is in Overton Hill. However due to a lack of accommodation here, your first night’s accommodation will be in nearby Avebury.

  • Day 2 - Overton Hill to Ogbourne St George

    Make your way to the official start of the walk in Overton Hill, or if you would prefer, you can use one of the alternative starting points from Avebury. The Ridgeway heads out northwards towards Barbury Castle. On the way, don’t forget to look out for the famous Hackpen White Horse carved into the hillside. After admiring the extensive views over the surrounding remote landscapes, the track heads down to the small village of Ogbourne St George and your accommodation for the evening.

    9 miles (14km), 195 metres (642 ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 - Ogbourne St George to Bishopstone

    Today can be a fairly strenuous day as the route heads upwards to Liddington Castle and over the highest point on the Ridgeway. Do not let this put you off however as the spectacular views are well worth it! Look out for the detour to the charming village of Bishopstone – a welcome place to stay the night.

    10 miles (16km), 261 metres (858 ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 - Bishopstone to Letcombe Regis

    First up today is White Horse Hill, home to the internationally renowned bronze age Uffington White Horse and also the Iron Age Uffington Castle. This is one of the highlights of the entire walk so be sure to take time to enjoy it! After admiring these spectacular sights, follow the route downwards to Britchcombe Farm – an ideal place to stop for a cream tea if your walk falls on a weekend during summer. You will then need to look out for the detour to Letcombe Regis where you will find your accommodation for the evening.

    12 miles (20km), 267 metres (878 ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 - Letcombe Regis to Streatley

    Fingers crossed for a clear day today, as you should be able to get your first glimpse of the Chiltern Hills in the distance which you will soon travel through. You should also begin to notice the change in landscape, with woodland becoming much more prominent for this section of the trail. The Ridgeway then meanders its way down to Streatley, on the west bank of the River Thames – the longest river in England.

    16 miles (26km), 311 metres (1021 ft) of ascent

  • Day 6 - Streatley to Mongewell Park

    As today’s route is short, be sure to make a short detour to nearby Goring. Streatley and Goring may be situated in different counties, but uniquely, they operate as one large community. The hospitality of these quintessentially English villages is not to be missed. Today, the route leaves behind the undulating terrain of the North Wessex Downs and progresses on to the relatively flat terrain surrounding the River Thames. After passing South Stoke, the route passes under the twin multi-arched viaducts built to carry Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous Great Western Railway, before passing North Stoke and finally reaching Mongewell Park.

    6 miles (10km), 37 metres (124 ft) of ascent

  • Day 7 - Mongewell Park to Watlington

    For the first few miles today, you will travel along the ancient Grim’s Ditch. This is a fantastic tree-lined section of The Ridgeway. After Passing through Nuffield, the trail heads out across open fields to the charming hamlet of Swyncombe, before a slight detour takes you to the market town of Watlington, believed to be the smallest town in England.

    9 miles (14km), 367 metres (1205 ft) of ascent

  • Day 8 - Watlington to Wendover

    This section of the walk is thought to be the most arduous part of The Ridgeway given that the trail follows some steep ascents and descents today. The first part of the route is relatively easy going, following the Icknield Way before crossing under the M40 motorway, emerging at the northern half of the Ashton Rowan National Nature Reserve. After skirting around the edge of Princes Risborough, the path undulates in and out of various valleys. Your efforts are rewarded when you reach the top of Coombe Hill which is the highest point on the eastern section of the Ridgeway, offering magnificent views over the Vale of Aylesbury. After one final descent, you will reach the town of Wendover and your accommodation for the evening.

    17 miles (27km), 528 metres (1732 ft) of ascent

  • Day 9 - Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon

    The final section of The Ridgeway is mostly set deep within the glorious woodlands of the Chiltern Hills.  The route leaves Wendover and passes through Tring Park, before reaching Wigginton. After this, the route crosses The Grand Union Canal which links England’s two largest cities, London and Birmingham. One final climb takes you up on to a broad ridge that leads to the finishing point at Ivinghoe Beacon. Upon reaching the summit, you are treated to panoramic views of the surrounding area – a fitting ending to your trip and a perfect photo opportunity!

    11 miles (18km), 391 metres (1285 ft) of ascent

    We will always endeavour  to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £299 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you