Ridgeway - National Trail Guide
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Ridgeway - National Trail Guide

This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker. The Ridgeway National Trail is found in a surprisingly remote part of southern central England and travels in a northeasterly direction for 87 miles (139km) from its start in the World Heritage Site of Avebury.
 
As Britainís oldest road The Ridgeway still follows the same route over the high ground used since prehistoric times by travelers, herdsmen and soldiers.
 
West of the River Thames, The Ridgeway is a broad track passing through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is often quite a distance from villages or towns.
 
Here youíll experience wide, open views of rolling chalk downland and find many archaeological monuments close to the Trail including Stone Age long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and the figures of white horses cut into the chalk.
 
East of the Thames, The Ridgeway travels through the more-wooded and intimate hills and valleys of the Chilterns AONB where, as well as further archaeological treasures, there are several nature reserves rich in the wildlife found in chalk grassland habitats.
 
In the Chilterns, The Ridgeway goes close to or through several villages and small towns where refreshments and other facilities are easily available.
 
Most walkers should be able to enjoy the whole length of The Ridgeway since, although there are several hills, itís not too strenuous compared to some other National Trails. An added bonus is that there are no stiles on the western half of the Trail and only a couple east of the River Thames.
 
Cyclist and horse riders can use the entire western half of the Trail as far as the River Thames, and some parts east of the river too. Please note that recreational vehicles are also legally allowed to use the western section, but mostly only during the summer months, and in reality they represent a small minority of users.
 
Anthony Burton's official guide has been fully revised and updated for 2013, and this new edition has been completely redesigned with more and bigger photographs and much new background history and information.
 
National Trail Guides are the official guidebooks to the fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and are published in association with Natural England, the official body charged with developing and maintaining the Trails.
 
 
Anthony Burton is the author of a number of books in the National Trail Guides series for Aurum, including The West Highland Way, Hadrian's Wall Path and The Cotswold Way.

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