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National Trail AcornRidgeway National Trail

Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon, W Berkshire, Wiltshire

136 km / 85 miles
One of the links in a prehistoric route, often called the Greater Ridgeway, extending from the South Devon Coast to The Wash, 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 River 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. 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. The Avebury World Heritage Site (a joint site with Stonehenge) is close to the start of the route at the Sanctuary.

The eastern part of the National Trail crosses the River Thames at Streatley and then follows the river for five miles before heading east into the Chiltern Hills, mainly along the north-western escarpment. The walking on this eastern section 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 Icknield Way-Ridgeway Link (7.5 miles and coincident with the Icknield Way Path on OS mapping) is a linking route from the finish of Ridgeway National Trail at Ivinghoe Beacon (where there are no visitor facilites) to the Chilterns Gateway Visitor Centre near Dunstable. 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.

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


Details:

Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Path Type: National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Attributes: National Trail (England and Wales)
Average Gradients
Downland/Wolds
World Heritage Site
Start: SU118680 - Overton Hill, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SP959168 - Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1973
User Group: Friends of the Ridgeway Friends of the Ridgeway
Web Sites: British Walks - Ridgeway [blog] Chilterns AONB - The Ridgeway National Trail Chiltern Society - Ridgeway National Trail Friends of the Ridgeway - Walking the Ridgeway Historic UK - The Ridgeway National Trails - Ridgeway In sunlight and in shadow: walking the Ridgeway long-distance trail The Ridgeway National Trail : Did you know? Angus Watson - Walking the Ridgeway [blog] Annierak - Ridgeway National Trail [blog] Brian's Walks - Ridgeway National Trail [blog] Griffmonster - Ridgeway : Ivinghoe Beacon to Great Kimble [blog] Halfway Hike - The Ridgeway [blog] Jackie McAll - The Ridgeway National Trail : my experience [blog] Jason McDonald's Walking Pages - Ridgeway National Trail [blog] Pete's Trip Reports - Ridgeway [blog] Rambling Man - Planning your Ridgeway Walk Southern Walks - Ridgeway Stephen and Lucy Dawson - Ridgeway [blog] The Hoary Ape - The Ridgeway [blog] Trailman - Ridgeway

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Ridgeway  (Rucksack Readers  - 2015 )
Guidebook Ridgeway : a dog walker's guide  (Countryside Books  - 2017 )
Guidebook Ridgeway : Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon  (Trailblazer Publications  - 2016 )
Guidebook Ridgeway : National Trail Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2016 )
Guidebook The National Trails : 19 long-distance routes through England, Scotland and Wales  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
Guidebook Walking in the North Wessex Downs  (Cicerone Press  - 2015 )
Guidebook Walking the Ridgeway National Trail : Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon  (Cicerone Press  - 2016 )
Guidebook Discovering the Ridgeway  (Shire (an imprint of Bloomsbury)  - 2002 )
Guidebook Exploring the Ridgeway  (Countryside Books  - 2000 )
Guidebook Oldest road : the Ridgeway  (Whittet Books  - 1987 )
Guidebook Pub walks along the Ridgeway  (Countryside Books  - 2004 )
Guidebook Ridgeway : National Trail companion  (Walk Unlimited  - 2014 )
Guidebook The Greater Ridgeway : a walk along the ancient route from Lyme Regis to Hunstanton  (Cicerone Press  - 2003 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Badge Badge for National Trails  (Walk Unlimited )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Long Distance Walkers Association )
Certificate Certificate for National Trails  (Walk Unlimited )
Other Ridgeway video guide  (TV walks )
General Interest Book Alone on the Ridgeway : one woman's solo journey from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon  (Tribal Publishing  - 2017 )
General Interest Book Big walks of Great Britain  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2007 )
General Interest Book Big walks of the south  (Summersdale Publishers  - 2010 )
General Interest Book Tales of the Ridgeway  (Clive Bowd  - 2017 )

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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 164, 165, 173, 174, 175
OS Landranger Active 164, 165, 173, 174, 175
OS Explorer 157, 169, 170, 171, 181
OS Explorer Active 157, 169, 170, 171, 181
Other Paper Maps:
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Ridgeway A-Z adventure atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company (an imprint of HarperCollins) - 2013)
Harvey National Trail map
Ridgeway (Harvey Maps - 2015)
Digital Maps:
Satmap OS mapcard
Downloadable Digital Mapping

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Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)
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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walk & Cycle Britain Limited)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Great British Walks Limited)
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Baggage Handling & Passenger Transfer (Ridgeway Luggage Transfers)

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The Fox and Hounds  (bookable online)
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The Lambert Arms  (bookable online)
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95 km
Bunk House
2 km
131 km

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Ridgeway NT Tracklogs Route file
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Route Profile:

138.5 km (86.1 miles)
2,269 m (7,444 ft) ascent
275 m (902 ft)  maximum height

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