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National Trail AcornRidgeway National Trail

136 km / 85 miles

Bucks, Herts, Oxon, Swindon, W Berkshire, Wilts
One of the links in a prehistoric route, often called the Greater Ridgeway, from The Wash to the South Devon Coast, comprising the Wessex Ridgeway (Lyme Regis to Overton), Ridgeway National Trail (Overton to Ivinghoe), Icknield Way (Ivinghoe to Thetford) and Peddars Way (Knettishall to Hunstanton).

The Ridgeway is a trail of two contrasting halves, separated by the Thames. The western part of this National Trail largely follows the route of a prehistoric ridge track along the crest of the North Wessex Downs and passes many historic sites, including Barbury, Liddington, Uffington and Segsbury Castles (hill forts), Wayland's Smithy (long barrow) and Uffington White Horse. The Oldest Road publication explores this ancient heritage in words and pictures and the BBC weblink has video clips. Much of the Trail here is along a broad track which used to be rutted, but it has been resurfaced and protected against motorised traffic by regulations. Near the start of the route, that is at the Sanctuary, is the Avebury World Heritage Site (a joint Site with Stonehenge).

The eastern part at Streatley crosses and then follows the River Thames for five miles before heading east into the Chiltern Hills, mainly along the north-western escarpment. The walking on the eastern half is more varied, along tracks and paths, across open downland, and through farm and woodland, passing Nuffield, Watlington, Chinnor, Princes Risborough (see Swan's Way), Wendover and Tring.

The waymarked Ridgeway Link (7.5 miles and coincident with the Icknield Way Path on OS mapping) is a linking route from the Chilterns Gateway Visitor Centre near Dunstable to the finish of Ridgeway National Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon where there are no visitor facilites. The Link uses the route of the existing Icknield Way Path that has been upgraded to make it stile-free and steps have been added on a steep section.

At Wendover the waymarked Chiltern Link (8 miles and on OS mapping) leads to Chesham (see Colne Valley Way, Colne Valley Trail & Ebury Way). The Ridgeway is linked at Ivinghoe Beacon with the Greensand Ridge Walk by the Two Ridges Link (8 miles and included on OS mapping) that in turn also connects with the Icknield Way Path. The Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail (16 miles) is a waymarked circular route coincident in part with the east end of the Ridgeway. The Beacon View Walk (5 miles) provides a link between the Ridgeway and the Grand Union Canal Walk.

The LDWA National Trails Register offers certificates for completers of several British National Trails.


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Details:

Path Type
National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Waymark
National Trail Acorn
Attributes
National Trail (England and Wales); Downland/Wolds; World Heritage Site
Start
SU118681 - Overton Hill, Wilts
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Finish
SP959169 - Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks
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Open Date
1973
User Group
Friends of Ridgeway
 
c/o Ian Ritchie, The Limes, Oxford Street, RAMSBURY, Wiltshire, SN8 2PS
 
01672 520090

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback
Ridgeway: National Trail Guides (Aurum Press - 2016)
Paperback
Ridgeway (Rucksack Readers) (Rucksack Readers - 2015)
Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
Paperback
Ridgeway: Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon (Trailblazer Publications - 2012)
Hardback
Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Illustrated Map
Paperback
Discovering the Ridgeway (Shire Publications - 2002)
Paperback
Leaflets
Ridgeway: Information (Heritage) Pack (Ridgeway National Trail Officer - 2006)
Booklet
Ridgeway: Public Transport Guide (Ridgeway National Trail Officer - Annual)
Badge
Badge for Ridgeway National Trail (Ridgeway National Trail Officer)
Video
Along the Ridgeway (Ridgeway National Trail Officer)
DVD
Ridgeway: DVD (TV walks.com - 2007)
Paperback
Big Walks of Great Britain (Summersdale Publications - 2007)
Leaflet
Ashridge Estate Boundary Trail (Ashridge Estate Visitors Centre)
Paperback
Exploring the Ridgeway (Countryside Books - 2000)
Paperback
Pub Walks along the Ridgeway (Countryside Books - 2004)

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Maps:

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger
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OS Landranger Active
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OS Explorer
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OS Explorer Active
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Other Paper Maps:
Adventure Atlas
Harvey Map (Stripmap)
Ridgeway (Harvey Maps - 2008)
Stripmap
Ridgeway: Map & Guide (Footprint - 1989)
Digital Maps:
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
Ridgeway 1:25k & 1:50k (Satmap - 2009)

Walking Support Providers:

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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Absolute Escapes Ltd)
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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Guided Walking Holidays (Footpath Holidays)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walk & Cycle Britain Limited)
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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The Fox and Hounds  (bookable online)
3 Km
36 Km
Self-catering
Brambly Thatch Cottage  (bookable online)
3 Km
68 Km
B & B Accommodation
Marsh House  (bookable online)
4 Km
76 Km
B & B Accommodation
Little Gables Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
1 Km
77 Km
Hotels
The Lambert Arms  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
96 Km

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Route Profile:

138.0 Km (85.7 miles)
2,258 m (7,408 ft) ascent
275 m (902 ft)  maximum height