Click here for our latest Covid-19 information
The Ridgeway

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
45-93 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £400 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 walk 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

“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
“Very well organised like always.”
Mr Graber, Switzerland
“I particularly liked the contrast between the downland west and the wooded Chiltern east.”
Dr Bailey, UK
“All beds were comfortable and all breakfast good.”
Mr Clingan, 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
“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
“Enjoyed traversing the landscape day by day. The variety of accommodation was fun and all comfortable and welcoming.”
Ms Germain, UK
“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
“Had a great time. Thanks.”
Ms Breese, Germany
"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)