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The Ridgeway - 8 Days & 7 Nights

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.7 Read 26 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.
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.

Tour Type:

Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails

Activity Level & 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.


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.


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.

Solo Walkers

This walking holiday is not available to solo walkers due to restrictions with the baggage transfers.

  • 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.
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • 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.

Luggage 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. 


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.

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Day 1 Arrive in Avebury and overnight Day 2 Avebury to Bishopstone 17 miles / 27.3 km Day 3 Bishopstone to Letcombe Regis 10 miles / 16 km Day 4 Letcombe Regis to Goring 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 5 Goring to Watlington 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 6 Watlington to Wendover 17 miles / 27.4 km Day 7 Wendover to Aldbury (via Ivinghoe Beacon) 15 miles / 24.5 km Day 8 Onward travel

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