The Ridgeway – Britain’s Oldest Trail

The Ridgeway National Trail a walking route in a surprisingly remote part of southern central England. It travels in a northeasterly direction for 87 miles (139 Km) from its start in the World Heritage Site of Avebury. As Britain’s oldest road The Ridgeway still follows the same route over the high ground used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.

The Ridgeway is a broad track passing through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is often quite a distance from villages or towns. Here you’ll experience wide, open views of rolling chalk downland and find many archaeological monuments close to the Trail including Stone Age long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and the figures of white horses cut into the chalk. –

Walking Britain’s Oldest Road – Exploring The Ridgeway National Trail

Join Abbie Barnes as she explores the Ridgeway National Trail, 87 miles from Overton Hill in Wiltshire, across Berkshire and Oxfordshire, before concluding high up on the exposed point of Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Across 5 days, she visited world-renowned archaeological sites, met passionate individuals, and witnessed stunning far-reaching views. She began the trail expecting a long, exposed trudge along a grassy ridge, but came away inspired, and incredibly grateful that this 5000-year-old track is still accessible and valued by those who use it.

You can follow Abbie on Instagram @adventureabbie5

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Silbury Hill. An artificial chalk mound. 129 ft high. The tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe.

Unfortunately East of the River Thames at Goring the trail becomes a footpath for walkers only, the first half of the trail is a bridleway open to cyclists and horse riders. Many cyclists to carry on to Wendover however following close by bridleways. It does appear there are plans to create a Ridgeway Riding Route, you can read more about that here…


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Horse Riding in Dresses: The Ridgeway Romp

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When two adventuresses decided it was a good idea to ride “The Ridgeway” in their ballroom dresses, neither had a clue what they were really in for. “You will die,” their saner friends from home told them. One thing was certain, dead or alive, they would be the best-dressed ladies on horseback for miles!

Read all about this Equestrian adventure here… on The Equestrian Adventuresses website.

Instagram @equestrianadventuresses

If hiking, biking or riding the Ridgeway in ballroom dresses isn’t quite hardcore enough for you, you can always run the trail in the annual ‘Race To The Stones’.

Go to the site to find out more

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