RIDGE WAY

FROM AVEBURY TO IVINGHOE BEACON. SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Ancient landscapes through woodlands, wildlife and occasional pavement roads.

Availability

From Spring to autumn (April to October)

Highlight

Avebury Stone Circle, Goring-on-Thames, Blewbury, East Lockinge

Price from

1060 EUR

 

Grade

Ridgeway is considered to be the oldest British path as it has been in use for the last 4000 years. During your travels, you will pass through ancient sceneries, through isolated woodlands, and valleys. You can also visit the remnants of old forts and ancient long barrows.

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Arrival – this area offers idyllic opportunities for walking, bird watching and photography. Or you may choose to just relax, taking in the glorious scenery and prepare to start your walk the next morning.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Avebury


Arrival – this area offers idyllic opportunities for walking, bird watching, and photography. Or you may choose to just relax, taking in the glorious scenery and prepare to start your walk the next morning.

Day 2: Avebury to Ogbourne St George (17.5 km)


During your first day, you will find one of the most interesting spots in this trail: the Avebury Stone Circle, a prehistoric monument containing three stone circles. This day you will walk through wide tracks and narrower fenced paths; overall, this is considered an easy walk as you will only find one short steep downhill segment and about 93 meters of descent and ascent variation. You will finish the day walking down Smeathe’s Ridge from Barbury Castle towards Ogbourne St George, in these last kilometres you can look ahead to the ridge between Ogbourne St George and Liddington.

Day 3: Ogbourne St George to Woolstone (17.7 km)


This trail will allow you to get an outstanding view into Smeathes Ridge. Today is quite a peaceful walk as wildflowers and birds make their appearance as well as the yellow fields of rapeseed. You will also come across some quite lovely villages such as Bishopstone and Ashbury, where you can take some time off for a lunch break. As you get closer to Woolstone, you will see the White Horse monument on the hillside of Uffington. This monument is around 800 years old and is mentioned in writings dating back to the time of Henry II.

Day 4: Woolstone to Wantage (11 km)


The first part of today’s journey involves climbing up the White Horse Hill, where you will find Uffington Castle. Once you get to the top of the hill you will get a panoramic view of what you will be walking today. Once you get to Wantage, you might want to visit the Church of England’s parish church of Saints Peter and Paul which dates from the 13th century.

Day 5: Wantage to Goring (24.5 km)


Even though this is the longest walking day, most of it is level or downhill with just a few gentle and short climbs. Before arriving in Goring, you will cross the Thames River from Streatly. Goring has a few interesting places to visit such as the Basildon Park, Mapledurham House, and Watermill, where you can find the perfect resting place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Day 6: Goring to Watlington (18 km)


Today you will begin walking towards the village of South Stoke before you reach the river path. During this walk, you will come across Grim’s Ditch: a prehistoric earthwork of which its original purpose is still a mystery. After arriving in Watlington, you can rest while you enjoy the fantastic views over the Oxford plain and be sure to also keep an eye out for the red kites soaring overhead.

Day 7: Watlington to Saunderton / Princes Risborough (18 km)


This section has the simplest navigation: straight, uncompromising, and in one direction. You will walk through Chinnor, a large lovely village southeast of the Thames River. Princes Risborough is well served with independent coffee shops, pubs, and several restaurants including Indian, Italian and traditional Fish & Chip shops. So you will be sure to find something to your taste at the end of today’s walk.

Day 8: Saunderton / Princes Risborough to Wendover (14.7 km)


Once you leave the residential and modern part of Princes Risborough, you will find yourself surrounded by nature. After a few kilometres, the Ridgeway path will take you through the estate and across the driveway, from this point the rest of the walk will be mostly downhill to Wendover. Wendover is well known for its historic pubs which make a perfect place to rest and eat at the end of the day.

Day 9: Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon (16 km)


A good part of today´s walk includes going through Wendover and Pavis woods. After a good few kilometres of wildlife, plants, and insects (especially butterflies) the trail follows the road for a while to cross the canal and the railway. Before the Ridgeway comes to an end, there is a walk over open grassland followed by a hill to the headland. This last climb will give you a fantastic landscape view, so make sure you have your camera ready for a picture of your achievement.

Day 10: Ivinghoe Beacon


If you have some time before your flight, you might want to visit the College Lake Nature Reserve, the Ashridge Estate, or the Dunstable Downs.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 9 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays

Access

Getting there

To get to Avebury:

The fastest way to get to Avebury from Dublin is taking a flight to Bristol airport, once in the terminal there are regular trains to Swindon, where you can then take the 49 bus to Avebury.

Another option is taking a flight to Heathrow airport, if you wish visit London before you start your trip. From London Heathrow you should take the Heathrow express to London Paddington then the train to Swindon from here you will get the 49 bus to Avebury.

For Rail information please following the website here.

Getting Home

To get home from Ivinghoe Beacon:

The closest airport from Ivinghoe Beacon is London Heathrow. You can take a train at Cheddington train station towards Paddington Rail Station, once there you can use the Heathrow express to get to the airport.

There are direct flights from Heathrow to Dublin and other main cities in Europe.

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