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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

“Enjoyed traversing the landscape day by day. The variety of accommodation was fun and all comfortable and welcoming.”
Ms Germain, UK
“Absolutely fabulous - well organised and detailed information pack and itinerary”
Miss Harding, 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
“Very well organised like always.”
Mr Graber, Switzerland
“After having just finished the Cotswold Way 2 days previous, it was nice to walk on a wide track with gentle slopes!”
Ms Miller, USA
“I particularly liked the contrast between the downland west and the wooded Chiltern east.”
Dr Bailey, UK
“Great walk, wonderful scenery, history and interesting people met not to mention 100's of dogs patted! As usual with Contours the overnight accommodation was excellent. I am now wanting to continue along the greater Ridgeway to Norfolk!”
Mrs Lovatt, Belgium
“The Ridgeway is a beautiful and for us, relatively easy walk. All the instructions provided were helpful and the luggage service worked very well. As usual we met a range of interesting people and had a good range of the British weather!”
Mr Cribb, 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)