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A guidebook to the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87-mile (139km) route described in both directions between Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. It passes through two AONBs, the chalky North Wessex Downs and the wooded Chiltern Hills. With information on many historic sites as well as trips off the trail to nearby villages.
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Would you like to follow in the footsteps of over 5000 years of human history? This guide to the Ridgeway National Trail in south east England allows you to do exactly that. Discover the extraordinary sights our ancestors have left us here, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury’s Neolithic stone circle and the famous Uffington White Horse.
The trail is an 87-mile (139km) route that typically takes between five and seven days to complete. It is well waymarked, follows good tracks and paths and, by not exceeding 300m, is fairly low-level throughout. The guide is written as a 12-stage west-to-east route, but also gives details of the trail in reverse.
The Ridgeway has been here for thousands of years, and follows old tracks that have been in use since prehistoric times. Passing Neolithic burial mounds and Iron Age hill forts, the landscape really is steeped in history.
The guidebook also offers information on historic sites and details of excursions to nearby towns and villages, as well as practical information on useful contacts and accommodation.
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|Plants and wildlife|
|When to walk|
|Planning your walk|
|Getting to and from the Ridgeway|
|Where to stay|
|Food and drink|
|Waymarking, access and rights of way|
|Using this guide|
|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 Route summary tables|
|Appendix B Useful contact information|
|Appendix C Facilities near to the Ridgeway|
|Appendix D Accommodation near to the Ridgeway|
|Appendix E Further reading|