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The ancient Ridgeway

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Wiltshire, England, about 25.90km (16.09 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:00h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 219m (718ft)
Descent 208m (682ft)
Max. Elevation 280m (918ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 427m (1400ft)
Liddington, Swindon
Distance 25.90km
Duration ~8:00h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 04 Mar 2015
The Ridgeway is an ancient road passing through Wiltshire and Oxfordshire from Avebury to the Chilterns. At 85 miles long, walking the whole route takes several days, but you can knock off a good chunk in a day walk. The stretch southeast of Swindon has some of the best views and good transport links from the town, making it a good option for a taste of this historic route. For more information about the Ridgeway, visit: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway

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Walk Map

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Take the bus from Swindon to Liddington.
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Find the footpath near the church, which leads you under the motorway.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
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At Hill Barn, turn left and then right for a short bit of road walking. The B-road in particular can be busy so take care.
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
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On the right-hand side of the road, a track leads up Liddington Hill. This is the Ridgeway, so easy navigation from here!
About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from
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The first great views of the day. You can see much of your route for the day stretching out before you.
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Keep heading due south as the Ridgeway passes between Upper and Lower Upham.
About 2.31 km (~1.44 miles) from
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The path keeps to the high ground over Round Hill Downs.
About 2.44 km (~1.52 miles) from
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The path goes south around Ogbourne St George but consider a detour if you want lunch. The Inn with the Well is a good spot: http://theinnwithawell.publishpath.com/
About 1.86 km (~1.16 miles) from
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The Ridgeway heads west from here, following the lower slopes of Coombe Down.
About 1.73 km (~1.07 miles) from
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Regain the height by ascending Smeathe's Ridge.
About 1.82 km (~1.13 miles) from
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This is the site of an iron age hill fort, one of many such sites found in the county of Wiltshire.
About 2.79 km (~1.73 miles) from
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Turn towards the southwest as you keep to the high ground across Hackpen Hill.
About 1.53 km (~0.95 miles) from
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More great scenery at Rough Hill. Keep heading south here.
About 2.73 km (~1.7 miles) from
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At the path junction near Avebury, join the Wesses Ridgeway to reach Avebury.
About 2.31 km (~1.44 miles) from
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Finish up in this small town famous for its stone circle. Buses back to Swindon leave regularly and also to other towns nearby.
About 2.46 km (~1.53 miles) from

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