Links with: Thames Path
Welcome to Britain’s oldest road, where you can retrace the steps taken by prehistoric man. The route takes you on a broad track along a chalk ridge past the ancient hill forts of the North Wessex Downs, across the Thames and then along low lying paths through the wooded countryside of the Chilterns.
It’s not a strenuous route so ideal for leisure walks and there are many interesting sites to see along the way including the stone circle at Avebury, the Uffington White Horse, the market town of Wantage and even Chequers – the Prime Minister’s country residence.
The Ridgeway is best walked from April to November when the path surface, wildlife and views are at their best. The trail is a tranquil escape in a busy corner or southern England and away from entry points it is rarely crowded.
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Did you know The Ridgeway takes an average of eight days to complete?
In the 1990s the Ridgeway was hugely damaged by off-road vehicles. We campaigned to change the law to protect ancient routes from off-road vehicles. This meant impassable sections of the Ridgeway could be repaired and re-opened.