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Two days on the Ridgeway

A hard walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Wiltshire, England, about 41.50km (25.79 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 12:45h (1 overnight stay). It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 172m (564ft)
Descent 311m (1020ft)
Max. Elevation 260m (853ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 483m (1584ft)
Distance 41.50km
Duration ~12:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Jan 2016
Swindon and Reading might not sound like classic walking destinations, but between the two towns is a fine stretch of one of our underrated national trails - the Ridgeway. This two-day walk follows the path along the chalk downs that cross Wiltshire and Berkshire, and good transport connections make this practical for a weekend away. More info on accommodation here: http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk

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Walk Map

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Take the 46 or 48 bus from Swindon to Foxhill, then pick up the track. The stop is also called 'Shepherd's Rest' and has an Indian restaurant nearby; check with the driver when you get on.
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The Ridgeway rises over Fox Hill and continues along the track. Easy navigation, this.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
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Continue to Wayland's Smithy, one of many ancient sites along the route: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/waylands-smithy/
About 4.80 km (~2.98 miles) from
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Continue to Whitehorse Hill, where you will find the White Horse of Uffington: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/uffington-castle-white-horse-and-dragon-hill/
About 3.13 km (~1.94 miles) from
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The route changes direction here, following a southeastern trajectory.
About 2.17 km (~1.35 miles) from
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Continue past the steeply sided Devil's Punchbowl.
About 2.70 km (~1.68 miles) from
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The best place to find a bed for the night on day one is Wantage. Pick up the path down to the town from here.
About 3.12 km (~1.94 miles) from
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On day two, head back up towards the Ridgeway at White House Farm.
About 2.78 km (~1.73 miles) from
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A short uphill stretch onto Yew Down.
About 1.44 km (~0.89 miles) from
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Continue past the patches of woodland around Ardington Down.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
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Next comes Bury Down, where you cross the A34.
About 3.30 km (~2.05 miles) from
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A mishmash of footpaths around Compton Downs, but this national trail is well signposted.
About 4.63 km (~2.88 miles) from
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At Roden Downs, you are nearing the home straight... for this walk at least.
About 1.84 km (~1.14 miles) from
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Near Ham Wood, the path begins to descend into Thurle Down.
About 2.64 km (~1.64 miles) from
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Veer southwards into Streatley.
About 3.72 km (~2.31 miles) from
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Finish at the YHA in Streatley, or continue to the station at Goring.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
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Finish at the station for the train home. There are regular trains to Reading, which connects with Swindon.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from

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