We noticed that you are based in the US - click here to visit our US website US 

Book Now for 2020 - Trip Ideas & Last Minute    |    Peace of Mind Guarantee - Flexible Booking

 

The Ridgeway - 10 Days & 9 Nights

10 Days & 9 Nights 4.7 Read 19 reviews
  • A long-distance walk through the open landscapes of the North Wessex Downs.
  • Visiting the largest Stone Circle in Europe, in Avebury.
  • The historic remains of Barbury and Uffington Castle.
  • Discovering the mystery of White Horse Hill.
  • The attractive villages and small towns past Goring.
The Ridgeway offers walkers a tranquil escape from day to day life, passing two distinct and different landscapes; the open and remote countryside of the Wessex Downs and the quaint villages and chalk grassland of the Chiltern Hills. Often described as Britain’s oldest road, the Ridgeway follows ancient tracks and paths previously walked by herdsman and soldiers as long as 5000 years ago. Starting in Avebury, where you can visit the largest stone circle in Europe, you follow the path across the North Wessex Downs where you will see fantastic views over the rolling hills down to the south.

What To Expect

If you are looking for an escape from city life and happy to walk without meeting many others then this is the walk for you. From remote, rolling countryside to chalk woodland and attractive small villages, this walk will not disappoint.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • National Parks & Trails

Grade & Terrain

The way is on well maintained footpaths, bridleways, across fields and on some minor roads. It does involve some steep ascent and descent from the escarpment but in general the walking is fairly easy.

Navigation

The Ridgeway is a National Trail and is fully way marked and easy to follow. Wooden Posts are usually at every intersection so you should not get lost.  A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied with your holiday.

Accommodation Information

You will stay in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is always included.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you, subject to availability. A single supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo walkers. Again there is a supplement payable.

Included
  • Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation in en-suite rooms wherever possible.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed info pack, guide book and map for the group leader.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
  • GPS tracks and detailed mapping with our Macs Adventure smartphone app.
Excluded
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
Extras
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This tour can be enjoyed from April to October and you can start on any date that suits your travel plans.

Getting to the Start

The Ridgeway is well served by public transport and we encourage this for Ridgeway walkers. The closest railway station to Avebury is Swindon (12 miles away) and from here you can catch a bus (30mins) to Avebury. You can reach Swindon from London Paddington in 1 hour. There is no secure parking, limited on street unsecure parking is available.

Getting from the End

If you are walking the full Ridgeway path then you will finish in Ivinghoe Beacon, we use accommodation in Tring for your last night as it is easier for onward travel. There is a train station in Tring and you can reach London Euston in 40 mins. If you are looking to return to Avebury to get your car then you need to go via London to get back to Swindon and then take the bus to Avebury (3 hrs) and many changes.

For your travel plans the best advice can be found on the Traveline Website.

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

How fit do I need to be?
How far in advance do I need to book?
What personal equipment do I need?
When is the best time of year?
What is the best way to get to/from the walk?
Am I able to take my dog?
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Avebury and overnight Day 2 Averbury to Ogbourne St. George 9 miles / 14.4 km Day 3 Ogbourne St. George to Woolstone 12 miles / 19.3 km Day 4 Woolstone to Letcombe Regis 6.5 miles / 10.4 km Day 5 Letcombe Regis to Goring 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 6 Goring to Watlington 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 7 Watlington to Princes Risborough 11 miles / 17.7 km Day 8 Princes Risborough to Tring 10.5 miles / 16.9 km Day 9 Walk to Ivinghoe Beacon and back to Tring 10 miles / 16 km Day 10 Onward travel

The Macs Adventure Way

  • Tailor-Made Adventures Tailor-Made Adventures
  • Freedom Freedom
  • Book With Confidence Book With Confidence
  • Expertise Expertise
  • Positive Impact Positive Impact
The perfect adventure, built to suit you.
  • Knowledgeable and helpful friendly specialist adventure planners
  • Tailor-make your trip to suit your interests
  • Start on any date that suits you
  • Choose your ideal trip length and difficulty
  • Range of accommodation options
  • Choice of trip styles
Authentic adventure travel experiences on your own terms.
  • Choose your own travel companions
  • Walk, cycle and explore at your own pace
  • Make your own decisions
  • Choose your own path
  • Indulge your passions
Feel secure in making the right choice for your precious adventure time.
  • 14,000+ unbiased trip & service reviews
  • Feefo Gold Award 2019
  • 25,000+ travellers trust us each year
  • As featured in the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, and more
  • Founder owned & operated since 2003
  • 100+ passionate team members across the US, UK & Europe
  • 100% Financial Protection
You can be confident that every detail of your holiday has been expertly planned.
  • Meticulously planned adventures
  • Quality, hand-picked accommodation
  • Seamless and reliable arrangements
  • Comprehensive trip information & insider tips
  • Detailed maps, route notes and mobile GPS app
  • Helpful 24/7 support should you need it
Travel the right way, and make a positive impact.
  • Travel responsibly
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Support locally owned businesses
  • Engage with local communities
  • Minimise your impact
  • Maximise the benefit of your travel
  • Challenge yourself & grow