England's oldest road. The whole trail is open to walkers, whilst horse riders and cyclists can enjoy all the western half. Off road vehicles can also use most of the western half, but they are very much in the minority. The Ridgeway Code of Respect should be followed, and is available from the National Trail Office.
Length: 137km Start: Overton Hill near Avebury, Wiltshire Finish: Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire
Terrain: Some parts exposed, broad track sections can become muddy and rutted in winter. Generally easy going walking.
Attractions: Numerous archaelogical sites, good bus and rail links to eastern half.
137 km (85 miles) long, much of it following the ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man, The Ridgeway offers the chance to get away from the bustle of life in this busy part of England. Perfect, but not too strenuous, for long distance use, this Trail is also ideal for day trips or less.
- From The Countryside Agency