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Guidebook to the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87 mile (139km) route through the south of England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Accompanied by a pull-out 1:25K mapping booklet, this guidebook details the trail in both directions and features information on historic sites and facilities along the way.
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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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|Plants and wildlife|
|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|
|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 Accommodation near to the Ridgeway|
|Appendix C Further reading|