A collection of articles from Great British Walks - formerly The Walking Holiday Company for visitors, customers and the press to read, enjoy and share, regarding the fantastic walks across the National Trails of Great Britain. Great British Walks are proud to be a partner of Discover England to promote the National Trails in the United Kingdom.

Walk the Ridgeway

Mari Lydford - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Walk the Ridgeway


If you want a walking holiday with lots of history then look no further than The Ridgeway, this 87 mile long Path is thought to be the oldest road in the British Isles, it’s been used by travellers, warriors and herdsman since pre-historic times.

The Path is considered to be a fairly easy walk, with some gentle climbs and plenty to see. Much of the route is over wide-open fields with far reaching views, rolling chalk hills and some wooded areas. If you like wide open spaces then this is the walk for you.

The Ridgeway can be split into sections, or it can be comfortably completed in around six days, book for May/June time for beautiful wild flowers and birdsong as you walk.

The Ridgeway starts at Overton Hill just outside Avebury village which home to Avebury henge and stone circles, built during Neolithic times from around 2850 to 2200 BC, what remains today is a huge circular bank and ditch, which at times encircles the village itself, inside the henge are numerous upright stones, which in turn enclose two smaller stone circles. Many walkers take an extra day at the start of their holiday to explore this World Heritage Site.

As the Ridgeway passes through the Chiltern Hills (themselves given the title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) you will walk through many lovely villages providing excellent facilities for travellers and walkers.

The Ridgeway ends at Ivinghoe Beacon and the Icknield Way starts at this point. Ivinghoe Beacon, this prominent hill and landmark, stands some 757 feet above sea level and provides wonderful views over the Chilterns. A popular spot for walkers, in the spring and summer you will see lots of wild flowers which in turn attract butterflies to this chalky and stunning backdrop.

If you have just a week or a few days to spare and want a simple and straightforward walk then this could be the walk for you, with excellent transport links at either end of the route, it’s a very uncomplicated way to spend a few days and admire the local wildlife and history. Contact us here at The Walking Holiday Company for further information.

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