The Ridgeway is an 87 mile trail running from Overton Hill (West Kennet) to Ivinghoe Beacon. It has been used as an ancient trail for more than 5,000 years and was adopted as a National Trail in 1972.
See Wiki for a potted overview and history.
Our walks are usually on the first Wednesday of each month. However, May is an exception when we will be walking on the second Wednesday.
We used this Cicerone book for planning our adventure. Significantly it details the walk in both directions; SW to NE and NE to SW. Owing to the prevailing South Westerly winds in the UK we have chosen to start at the Westerly point.
The book breaks the walk into 12 stages; some of which are short and some of which include a number of detours. As we plan to cover the 87 miles in 8 months, March thru' October, we will be averaging 11 miles on each of our monthly walks.
Also of use was this compact set of OS map extracts covering the full length of the Ridgeway.
New to EBR Long Distance Walks?
For those of you new to our long distance walks here are a few key points:
- Ensure you have notified Chris or Nigel Roper of your intentions to come on the walk as space on the coach is limited to 50 places.
- Long distance walks are usually on the first Wednesday of the month starting in March and finishing in October, hopefully avoiding inclement weather.
- We pick up our coach at Braywick. Cars can be parked in the main car park for £5 for the day. However, if you are planning to eat at the Toby Carvery after the walk you may park in their car park at the rear of the restaurant.
- The coach will leave at 8am promptly so please allow adequate time for traffic, parking and boarding the coach.
- Please call Chris or Nigel if you get held up or are unable to make the walk having booked. It's always a good idea to have our mobile numbers stored.
- The coach will stop at a service station before the start of the walk where walkers have 15-20 minutes to get a coffee, visit the loo and put on walking boots.
- On the walk we aim to stop mid morning for our 'Banana Break'.
- Our Lunch Stop is beyond the half-way point. For both breaks we try to select a location offering fines views, shelter, points of interest etc.
- On the return coach journey we have a brief comfort stop at a service station.
What to bring
- Suitable clothing for all weathers. Parts of the Ridgeway are quite exposed so make sure you are prepared.
- Snacks, drinks and packed lunch for the day.
- Compact camera / phone. We like pictures, which we will post on the web.
- £14 pp in cash or cheque made payable to E.B.R.