The Ridgeway

A walk along Britain's oldest road through the ancient landscapes of the Wessex Downs and the Chiltern Hills.

4 to 9 nights
42-91 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £370 per person

About the trail

An ancient track established by prehistoric man once stretched across the country from Dorset to Norfolk, and the Ridgeway follows it from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon. The trail passes through two distinct landscapes on the way: the rolling North Wessex Downs, and a landscape of beech woodland and farmland dotted with historic towns in the Chiltern Hills.

The long and rich history of these areas is clear throughout, in extraordinary stone circles, ancient barrows, and the striking figure of the Uffington White Horse. The Ridgeway is a well-signposted and manageable route overall, and is well worth exploring.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running available

We also organise trail running holidays along this trail. Visit Contours Trail Running Holidays.

Customer reviews from the The Ridgeway

“Lovely walk in interesting countryside with super accommodation. Perfect short break.”
Mr Hughes, UK
“Enjoyed traversing the landscape day by day. The variety of accommodation was fun and all comfortable and welcoming.”
Ms Germain, UK
“Your organisation of accommodation and luggage transfers worked well (only a pity you couldn’t arrange better weather for us!)”
Mrs Gowers, UK
“A very quiet walk with wonderful and varied views. We met lots of very friendly people.”
Mr Evans, UK
“We achieved what we wanted to in walking the Ridgeway and thought the accommodation and organisation very good. The quality of food was excellent, which is important to hungry walkers.”
Mr Goddard, UK
“An excellent hike, especially the first 3 days to Goring. We were lucky with the weather so got to see all the views and had time to look around some of the Neolithic sites nearby too. Almost all the accommodation was of a very high standard.”
Miss Steggall, UK
“The signage along the way was brilliant.”
Mr Mackenzie, Scotland
“I particularly liked the contrast between the downland west and the wooded Chiltern east.”
Dr Bailey, UK
“Organisation by Contours was first class. Directions and maps particularly clear and helpful.”
Mr Hamnett, Australia
"Poppies in Avebury" by Brian Rutherford (2019)
"Coombe Hill" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Ivinghoe" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Thames at Streatley" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Ridgeway Footpath" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Wendover" by Stuart Inglis (2017)