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Walk the Ridgeway
From Avebury or Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon
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About the Trail:

Facts: All 87 miles of the Ridgeway stretch over five counties, starting at Overton Hill and passing through Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. As part of a web of tracks that naturally evolved into a common route for travellers, traders and drovers, the Ridgeway is a path into Britain’s history. Nowadays the traders and drovers have taken to the dual carriageways, yet the travellers remain, most of them walking for pleasure. Up here on one of the higher trails in Britain, you are unlikely to meet many people, and can transport yourself into the days of old with historical sites such as Barbury Castle and the breathtaking Uffington Horse, a sight that has become almost synonymous with the Bronze Age in Britain. The path ends in Ivinghoe Beacon, where no matter how tired you are you cannot help but be awed by the spectacular, panoramic views of the countryside below.

Highlights: This trail offers much in the way of historical gems, with various UNESCO world heritage sites along the route. Some in particular to look out for are West Kennett Long Barrow, a Neolithic tomb built 400 years before the construction of Stonehenge, and Silbury Hill, the tallest man-made mound it Europe, whose original purpose is debated to this day. As well as history, the path has much to offer in the way of culture, passing through many quaint market towns and postcard-esque villages.

Important: Please note that there is often no accommodation on the Ridgeway itself and the nearest places to stay might be a mile or two off the path.

 

The nature of the Trail:

The Ridgeway is one of the easier National Trust trails in the UK, with clear signposting and well-trodden paths. There are no sections that are technically demanding, and despite a few steep climbs throughout the walk, it is not a demanding trail and should not take any huge amounts of physical exertion. It is an easy stroll, and even on rainy days it still offers excellent views and wildlife.

Avebury to Goring - 3 Days

3 days walking
4 nights accommodation
42 miles /67.6km
From:
£340  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£25 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Avebury area
Day 1 - Avebury to Foxhill (16 miles / 26 km)
Day 2 - Foxhill to Wantage (11.5 miles / 18½ km)
Day 3 - Wantage to Goring (14½ miles / 23 km)
Departure - Departure from Goring after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon - 3 Days

3 days walking
4 nights accommodation
42.5 miles /68.4km
From:
£340  Per Person
Single Supplement :
£25 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£35  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Goring area
Day 1 - Goring to Britwell Salome/Watlington (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 2 - Britwell Salome/Watlington to Wendover (17 miles / 27½ km)
Day 3 - Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon (11 miles / 17½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ivinghoe Beacon after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Avebury to Goring - 4 Days

4 days walking
5 nights accommodation
42 miles /67.6km
From:
£380  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
Spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Avebury area
Day 1 - Avebury to Ogbourne St George (9 miles / 14½ km)
Day 2 - Ogbourne St George to Woolstone (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 3 - Woolstone to Wantage (6½ miles / 10½ km)
Day 4 - Wantage to Goring (14½ miles / 23 km)
Departure - Departure from Goring after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon - 4 Days

4 days walking
5 nights accommodation
43 miles /69.2km
From:
£380  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Goring area
Day 1 - Goring to Britwell Salome/Watlington (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 2 - Britwell Salome/Watlington to Saunderton (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 3 - Saunderton to Wendover (7 miles / 11 km)
Day 4 - Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon (11 miles / 17½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ivinghoe Beacon after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon - 6 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
86 miles /138.4km
From:
£530  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Avebury area
Day 1 - Avebury to Foxhill (17 miles / 27½ km)
Day 2 - Foxhill to Wantage (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 3 - Wantage to Goring (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 4 - Goring to Britwell Salome/Watlington (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 5 - Britwell Salome/Watlington to Wendover (17 miles / 27½ km)
Day 6 - Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon (11 Miles / 17½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ivinghoe Beacon after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon - 7 Days

7 days walking
8 nights accommodation
87 miles /140.1km
From:
£615  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn, winter

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Avebury area
Day 1 - Avebury to Foxhill (17 miles / 27½ km)
Day 2 - Foxhill to Wantage (12 miles / 19km)
Day 3 - Wantage to Goring (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 4 - Goring to Britwell Salome/Watlington (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 5 - Britwell Salome/Watlington to Saunderton (11 miles / 17½ km)
Day 6 - Saunderton to Wendover (7 miles / 11 km)
Day 7 - Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon (11 miles / 17½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ivinghoe Beacon after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

Accommodation:

Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Ridgeway. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

How it Works


Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)

  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    The nearest railway station to the start of the trail is in Avebury. At the end of the trail there is a railway station in Tring. Tring is well linked by rail with London Euston and the rest of the UK. Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950.

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com

    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.


    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.

    'Luggage Transfers Only' package:

    If you have planned all your travel arrangements yourself, but still need someone to arrange your luggage transfers along the route then please let us take care of it. You will still receive the same great service from us, so please contact us directly for more details.
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