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 £390 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 experience 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.

Customer reviews from the The Ridgeway

“All beds were comfortable and all breakfast good.”
Mr Clingan, UK
“I particularly liked the contrast between the downland west and the wooded Chiltern east.”
Dr Bailey, UK
“The signage along the way was brilliant.”
Mr Mackenzie, Scotland
“Very well organised like always.”
Mr Graber, Switzerland
“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
“Absolutely fabulous - well organised and detailed information pack and itinerary”
Miss Harding, UK
“A very quiet walk with wonderful and varied views. We met lots of very friendly people.”
Mr Evans, UK
“Organisation by Contours was first class. Directions and maps particularly clear and helpful.”
Mr Hamnett, Australia
“Lovely walk in interesting countryside with super accommodation. Perfect short break.”
Mr Hughes, UK
"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)