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 12 nights
45-93 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £515 per person

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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 East Kennet 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.

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  • This route includes dog friendly tour options The Ridgeway
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options The Ridgeway - East Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options The Ridgeway - West Section

Dog friendly tours available

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

About this route

4 to 6 nights
45 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £515 per person

The Ridgeway - West Section

Here on the western side of the Ridgeway, the rolling fields and gentle ridges of the Wessex Downs host fascinating historical and archaeological sites. Uffington Castle, White Horse Hill, and the plethora of prehistoric barrows and Iron Age hill forts come together to create an engaging tapestry of sites to explore.

This section of the trail eschews the most difficult climbs of the Ridgeway, too, in favour of smooth trails and approachable inclines, making an ideal dip into excellent countryside.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
RIDW1 From East Kennett(T) to Goring 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding £515
RIDW2 From East Kennett(T) to Goring 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate £635
RIDW3 From East Kennett(T) to Goring 6 nights, 5 days walking Easy / Moderate £760

The Ridgeway - West Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that the Ridgeway trail runs for its duration along a high ridgeline and only rarely travels through towns and villages. As a result, a significant number of stops are slightly further from the trail than our usual one mile maximum. On the western section of the trail, this includes the following stops: Liddington, Woolstone and Letcombe Regis.

Start

Travel to East Kennett(T) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

East Kennett(T) to Liddington(L). 16 miles (26km) / 1234 ft (376 m) ascent

Day 2

Liddington(L) to Letcombe Regis(L). 13 miles (21km) / 863 ft (263 m) ascent

Day 3

Letcombe Regis(L) to Goring. 15 miles (24km) / 659 ft (201 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Goring 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£70.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays The Ridgeway - West Section map
East Kennett to Goring
45 miles (71 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following the UK’s oldest road through the rolling downland landscape of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visiting the numerous prehistoric sites along the trail.

Admiring the famous chalk hill figure of the Uffington White Horse.

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

Adding an extra night's stay into your walking holiday along the Ridgeway gives you additional time to discover the amazing locations you pass through in greater detail (plus it allows you to rest up before the next leg of your journey!)

The village of Goring sits on the banks of the River Thames in South Oxfordshire and hosts a modest high street with shops, pubs and restaurants, along with two historic churches. Goring is perhaps most well-known for Goring Gap, the dramatic river valley said to have formed during the last Ice Age, which today offers exceptional views across the countryside. Also connected to Goring by a bridge is the bustling village of Streatley, so there is plenty to explore should you choose to spend a rest day here.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Code: RIDW1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: East Kennett(T)
End of holiday: Goring

Route Profile

The Ridgeway - West 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 airports are Bristol, Southampton, London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

By Rail

The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (East Kennett) is at Pewsey (about 9 miles away). However, your accommodation will not be at East Kennett (as there is no suitable accommodation there), so will be at a selection of locations nearby.

By Bus

By Bus - There is no bus service between Pewsey & East Kennett, so a taxi will be required.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington station to Pewsey or Swindon. From there, see above for various options, depending upon exactly where you are staying.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch a train from Goring & Streatley station to Pewsey or Swindon. From there, see above for various options, depending upon exactly where you are staying. A taxi may be a better option.

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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Customer reviews from the The Ridgeway - West Section

“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
“Lovely walk in interesting countryside with super accommodation. Perfect short break.”
Mr Hughes, UK
“Very well organised and with very British accommodations. Would recommend the holiday to others for sure.”
Mr Aebi, Switzerland
“Your organisation of accommodation and luggage transfers worked well (only a pity you couldn’t arrange better weather for us!)”
Mrs Gowers, UK
“The walk was great although snow and cloud limited views on some of the days. Accommodation was generally very good and food options excellent.”
Mr Hamnett, Australia
“I had a very pleasant hike along the Ridgeway and was fortunate to have excellent weather. Everything from booking to accommodations was well done. The trail itself has some less exciting bits”
Ms Groves Winninger, Canada
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