The Ridgeway - East Section

The Ridgeway - East Section

A walk from Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon through the pretty villages and woodland of the Chiltern Hills.

4 to 5 nights
48 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £455 per person

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About this route

The eastern section of the Ridgeway combines riverbank walking along the Thames with an ascent into the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This walking break charges into the most challenging section of the Ridgeway as it strays into the territory of the majestic red kite, offset by the fluttering of butterflies.

Chalk carvings and the 16th century house of Chequers mix with vibrant nature reserves and beautiful views over the Vale of Aylesbury. A final climb to the tip of Ivinghoe Beacon ensures a truly memorable end to this spectacular holiday.

© Contours Walking Holidays The Ridgeway - East Section map
Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon
48 miles (77 km)
1st February to 30th November

Holiday highlights

Visiting a series of charming villages such as Goring-on-Thames, Britwell Salome, Princes Risborough and Wigginton.

Catching a glimpse of the impressive, but rare red kite in the skies around Watlington.

Admiring the impressive residence of British Prime Ministers as you pass through the ground of Chequers.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
RIDC1 From Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£455
RIDC2 From Goring to Ivinghoe Beacon 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£565

The Ridgeway - East Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Important information

On reaching Ivinghoe Beacon, you will need to retrace your steps back along The Ridgeway Trail to your accommodation for your last night. This return walk to Tring, Aldbury or Wigginton should be around five miles depending on the location of your accommodation and is included in the stated mileage on this day.


Travel to Goring where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Goring to Watlington. 15 miles (24km) / 1414 ft (431 m) ascent

Day 2

Watlington to Wendover(L). 17 miles (27km) / 1726 ft (526 m) ascent

Day 3

Wendover(L) to Ivinghoe Beacon. 16 miles (26km) / 1234 ft (376 m) ascent


Depart from Ivinghoe Beacon 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


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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 48 miles (77 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: RIDC1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st February - 30th November
Start of holiday: Goring
End of holiday: Ivinghoe Beacon

Route Profile

The Ridgeway - East 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 airport are Bristol, London Heathrow and London-Luton.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Goring) and also at the end of the trail (Tring, for Ivinghoe Beacon).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Goring and from Tring/Aldbury/Wigginton (for Ivinghoe Beacon)

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Goring & Streatley station.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Goring), is to take a taxi, as public transport options are rather lengthly.

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.

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