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The Ridgeway National Trail

The Ridgeway National Trail runs for 87 miles between Overton Hill in the Avebury World Heritage Site in Wiltshire and Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, passing through ancient landscapes, including open downland, secluded valleys, woodland and a stretch by The Thames. For half its length it runs along the spine of the Chiltern Hills, from Goring-on-Thames to Ivinghoe Beacon.

The western section of the Ridgeway National Trail is an ancient path, widely recognized as England’s oldest road, dating back to the Neolithic period. In 1972, the trail was extended by adding an eastern section, of less ancient provenance despite being studded with archaeological features, and thus the Ridgeway National Trail was born, one of a family of 16 National Trails in England and Wales.

An outline map of The Ridgeway National Trail in the Chilterns is shown below. For an interactive map showing the full route, circular walks and further information click here.


There are a number of circular walks which include a section of the Ridgeway, providing an easy way to experience this historic route. If you have more time why not have a two day break walking part of the Trail and enjoy some of the fantastic accommodation and food on offer from local businesses.



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