The Ridgeway Path is an 87 Mile (139 km) ancient trackway that runs along the ridge of the Berkshire Downs from Overton Hill (near Avebury, Wiltshire) to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

The Ridgeway at Pitstone Hill
The Ridgeway at Pitstone Hill © Gerald Massey (CC2)

The Ridgeway is one of Britain's most important ancient of trackways, and is known to have been in continuous use for some 6000 years. Up until 200 years ago it was one of the main highways for sheep and cattle drovers across the downs. It follows the chalk escarpment along what was once the Great Ridgeway - a network of ancient tracks linking the Norfolk coast to the West Country.

The track is lined with many important monuments, such as Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury Hill, the White Horse (near Uffington) and several hill forts. The south-western section is particularly pleasant, providing far reaching views across the Wiltshire countryside.

Towns and Villages Located near the Ridgeway Path

Avebury, Ogbourne St George, Wansborough, Bishopstone, Ashbury, Lambourne, Uffington, Wantage, East Hendred, East & West Ilsley, Steatley, Goring, North & South Stoke, Wallingford, Nuffield, Swyncombe, Watlington, Princes Risborough, Wendover, Wiggington, Tring, Aldbury, Ivinghoe

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