Follow the footsteps of Vikings, Romans, dragons & Kings
Journey from the Chilterns to the mystical North Wessex Downs past mighty iron age forts, ancient monuments and through some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes
A 5,000 year trek back in time
* Please note this is the approximate route for 2019
The route passes up and along the high ground South West from Lewknor in Oxfordshire to the Thames crossing at Goring. From this point the route rises up onto the North Wessex Downs passing golden fields before the iconic finish where you’ll walk between the towering stones of Avebury.
The Ridgeway is recognised as the oldest path in the UK. Along it’s length you will find traces of generations stretching back over 5,000 years. It is lined with Bronze Age hill forts, neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, culminating in the largest neolithic stone circle in Europe.
- Total distance – 100km
- Total climb – 3,704ft.
- Day 1 distance – 51km
- Day 1 total climb – 1,973ft.
- Day 2 distance – 49km
- Day 2 total climb – 1,731ft
‘Field of Dreams’
One of the true highlights – fondly coined the ‘field of dreams’ by participants, and when you get there you’ll see why. This is a crop field that surprises us every year by blooming with different colours. After weaving your way through the woodlands, this is a breath-taking sight to come out to. It’s definitely one of those moments to stop to take in the incredible view. A firm favourite and a great photo opportunity.
The White Horse at Uffington
The White Horse is a highly stylized prehistoric hill figure, 110m long formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is believed to date to the Iron Age or the late Bronze Age based on the similarity of the horse’s design to comparable figures in Celtic art. It was confirmed following an excavation where deposits of fine silt removed from the horse’s ‘beak’ were scientifically dated to the late Bronze Age.
Avebury Stone Circle
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Ridgeway. This is the largest stone circle in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The immense task of constructing this site spanned about 500 years, starting around 2500BC. The irregularly shaped stones come from Marlborough Downs, a few miles from where they were set up in the henge, and were transported here with great effort though it’s still unclear why.