The Ridgeway - West Section

The Ridgeway - West Section

A walk along the historically rich landscape of the Wessex Downs, from Avebury to Goring.

4 to 5 nights
45 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £455 per person

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About this route

Here on the western side of the Ridgeway, the rolling fields and gentle ridges of the Wessex Downs host fascinating historical and archaeological sites. Uffington Castle, White Horse Hill, and the plethora of prehistoric barrows and Iron Age hill forts come together to create an engaging tapestry of sites to explore.

This section of the trail eschews the most difficult climbs of the Ridgeway, too, in favour of smooth trails and approachable inclines, making an ideal dip into excellent countryside.

© Contours Walking Holidays The Ridgeway - West Section map
Avebury to Goring
45 miles (71 km)
1st February to 30th November

Holiday highlights

Following the UK’s oldest road through the rolling downland landscape of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visiting the numerous prehistoric sites along the trail, including one of the largest Neolithic henge circles in Europe at Avebury.

Admiring the famous chalk hill figure of the Uffington White Horse.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
RIDW1 From East Kennett(T) to Goring 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£455
RIDW2 From East Kennett(T) to Goring 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£565

The Ridgeway - West Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to East Kennett(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

East Kennett(T) to Liddington. 16 miles (26km) / 1234 ft (376 m) ascent

Day 2

Liddington to Letcombe Regis(L). 13 miles (21km) / 863 ft (263 m) ascent

Day 3

Letcombe Regis(L) to Goring. 15 miles (24km) / 659 ft (201 m) ascent


Depart from Goring after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night is the perfect way to extend your holiday, whether you spend it exploring the sights and sounds along the trail, or simply resting your weary feet.

Avebury is the most obvious choice for an extra night, so that you can explore the many superb prehistoric sites around the village including the Avebury Circles, Silbury Hill, the Sanctuary, Seven Barrows, the West Kennet Long Barrow, the East Kennet Long Barrow, the Devil's Den and Windmill Hill, a fascinating Neolithic causewayed enclosure.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Code: RIDW1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 1st February - 30th November
Start of holiday: East Kennett(T)
End of holiday: Goring

Route Profile

The Ridgeway - West Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Bristol, Southampton, London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail is at Swindon, Wilts (about 11.5 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Goring & Streatley).

By Bus - There is a bus service from Swindon to Avebury. Various buses run from Goring.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Swindon. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Avebury.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a train from Goring & Streatley station to Swindon. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Avebury (a taxi would be quicker though).

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

The Ridgeway
7 to 9 nights
93 miles
Dog friendly
From £790 per person
A self-guided walking holiday along Britain's oldest road, travelling from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon.Find Out More
The Ridgeway - East Section
4 to 5 nights
48 miles
Dog friendly
From £455 per person
A walk from Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon through the pretty villages and woodland of the Chiltern Hills.Find Out More