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Ridgeway National Trail

Ridgeway National Trail

by: Steve Davison
Would you like to follow in the footsteps of over 5,000 years of human history on Britain's oldest trail? This guide to the Ridgeway National Trail takes you on a journey of discovery to some extraordinary sights our ancestors have left us here, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury's Neolithic stone circle and the famous Uffington White Horse. The trail passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the chalky North Wessex Downs and the more wooded environs of the Chiltern Hills.

Typically taking five to seven days to complete, the Ridgeway National Trail runs between Overton Hill, near Avebury and Ivinghoe Beacon. The trail is an 86.5 long mile (139km) route that is well waymarked, follows good tracks and paths and, by not exceeding 300m, is fairly low-level throughout. The guide is written as a 12 stage west to east route, but also gives details of the trail in reverse. The guide is ideal for day walks as well as walking the entire trail.

Detailed route finding instructions plus a separate map booklet showing the entire route at 1:25000 scale with the route highlighted ensure safe and easy navigation. There is also full colour 1:50000 scale maps adjacent to the navigation text. Information is provided on historic sites and details of excursions to nearby towns and villages. All the practical information required for planning and walking the route is provided in a comprehensive introductory section and useful contacts and accommodation information is provided in appendices. The book is illustrated with plenty of colour photographs throughout.

The day walk stages (west to east) are as follows:
Stage 1 Overton Hill (Avebury) to Ogbourne St George - 9 miles
Stage 2 Ogbourne St George to Ashbury Folly - 10.75 miles
Stage 3 Ashbury Folly to the A338 (Wantage/Court Hill Centre) - 8.5 miles
Stage 4 A338 (Wantage/Court Hill Centre) to Bury Down - 5.75 miles
Stage 5 Bury Down to Streatley - 8.25 miles
Stage 6 Streatley to Mongewell Park - 6 miles
Stage 7 Mongewell Park to Watlington - 9.5 miles
Stage 8 Watlington to Chinnor - 5.75 miles
Stage 9 Chinnor to Princes Risborough - 5.25 miles
Stage 10 Princes Risborough to Wendover - 6.25 miles
Stage 11 Wendover to Wigginton - 6.25 miles
Stage 12 Wigginton to Ivinghoe Beacon - 5.25 miles

ISBN 9781852848743 Pages 200 plus map booklet (2016) 116mm x 172mm plastic cover

Price: 15.50