This guidebook - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate OS map booklet - describes the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87 mile (139km) route through southern England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Typically walked in 6 or 8 days, this is a low-level waymarked route suitable for all abilities and for year round walking. The guidebook details the trail in both directions, west to east and east to west. Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:100,000 OS mapping and a separate OS 1:25,000 map booklet showing the entire route is included. Packed with details on points of interest and a trek planner giving at-a-glance information about facilities, public transport and accommodation available along the way, this book is an indispensable guide to walking this national trail. Following a ridge of chalk hills through the Chiltern Hills AONB and North Wessex Downs AONB, the Ridgeway takes walkers through five counties and five thousand years of history. It offers a scenic and fascinating journey through our ancient and more recent past, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury's Neolithic stone circle and the famous Uffington White Horse, and includes excursions to picturesque villages, thatched cottages and cosy pubs.
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2nd Revised edition
26 February 2021
CONTENTS Map key Overview map Trek planner Route summary tables Introduction Plants and wildlife Geology History Scenery When to walk Planning your walk Getting to and from the Ridgeway Where to stay Food and drink Communications and money matters What to pack Health, safety and emergencies Waymarking, access and rights of way Using this guide Maps Cycling and riding the Ridgeway The Ridgeway online The Greater Ridgeway The Countryside Code The Ridgeway (West to East) Stage 1 Overton Hill (Avebury) to Ogbourne St George Stage 2 Ogbourne St George to Ashbury Folly Stage 3 Ashbury Folly to the A338 (Wantage/Court Hill Centre) Stage 4 A338 (Wantage/Court Hill Centre) to Bury Down Stage 5 Bury Down to Streatley Stage 6 Streatley to Mongewell Park Stage 7 Mongewell Park to Watlington Stage 8 Watlington to Chinnor Stage 9 Chinnor to Princes Risborough Stage 10 Princes Risborough to Wendover Stage 11 Wendover to Wigginton Stage 12 Wigginton to Ivinghoe Beacon The Ridgeway (East to West) Stage 1 Ivinghoe Beacon to Wigginton Stage 2 Wigginton to Wendover Stage 3 Wendover to Princes Risborough Stage 4 Princes Risborough to Chinnor Stage 5 Chinnor to Watlington Stage 6 Watlington to Mongewell Park Stage 7 Mongewell Park to Streatley Stage 8 Streatley to Bury Down Stage 9 Bury Down to the A338 (Wantage/Court Hill Centre) Stage 10 A338 (Wantage/Court Hill Centre) to Ashbury Folly Stage 11 Ashbury Folly to Ogbourne St George Stage 12 Ogbourne St George to Overton Hill (Avebury) Appendix A Useful contact information Appendix B Facilities near to the Ridgeway Appendix C Accommodation near to the Ridgeway Appendix D Further reading
Steve Davison is a writer and photographer who has lived in Berkshire for over 25 years. He has written a number of books as well as articles for magazines and national and local newspapers, specialising in hill-walking and UK and European travel, and counts nature, geology and the countryside among his particular interests. A keen hill-walker for many years, and a Mountain Leader, Steve has also worked as a part-time outdoor education instructor. He is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.