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The National Ridgeway Trail

The National Ridgeway Trail

The Ridgeway Path is an ancient track which is also believed to be Britain’s oldest road. At 87 miles, it requires around six days to walk the complete trail but of course you can break it up and do it over several trips or you can choose to do just part of it as you like. If you are walking the Ridgeway west to east, the walk starts at Overton Hill and West Kennet Avenue in Avebury.

The National Ridgeway Trail follows the course that traders, drovers and even soldiers took for thousands of years and follows a natural ridgeway along the Chiltern Hills. It’s a pleasant and easy walk taking in lovely views of white horses carved into the hillside and passing ancient barrows and Neolithic sites along the way.

Some places to look out for along the way include:

  • Overton Hill at the start of the Ridgeway
  • Hackpen White Horse
  • Barbury Castle
  • Liddington Castle
  • Bishopstone
  • Waylands Smithy
  • Uffington Castle
  • Uffington White Horse
  • Compton
  • Streatley
  • Goring
  • Grim’s Ditch
  • Coombe Hill
  • Tring Station
  • Ivinghoe Beacon at the end of the walk

If you are interested in walking all or part of the National Ridgeway Trail you can buy a guide to the walk online or there are some online sites including the Rambling Man which has some good tips and advice as well as an itinerary to follow.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is a great place to start or finish your walk (depending on which direction you are going) as Overton Hill is just 22 miles away. With top quality rooms with great beds and plush bedding - you are sure to get a great night’s sleep. Plus if all that walking has built up an appetite you won’t go hungry when you see the great selection of classic dishes on offer from the Solstice Bar & Grill. What better way to start or end your day than with a great meal with a great view.