South East

The Ridgeway, Oxfordshire

  • Distance

    6 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 30 times

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Well-marked paths over undulating ground; muddy in places.

  • OS grid reference

    SP 761 003

  • Calories burned


    Enough for two packs of Skittles

Route Info

The 85-mile stretch of Ridgeway National Trail between Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire is believed to be England’s oldest track. Dating back several thousand years, it has witnessed Iron Age man, medieval traders and Roman soldiers, not to mention a modern army of walkers.

Along this attractive stretch of trail you will pass over ancient landscapes through downland, secluded valleys and magnificent beech woodland, which, in spring, is carpeted with bluebells.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Daysack
  • Snacks that can be stored in pockets
  • Pack a few worms for the Red Kites

Did you know?

The Ridgeway is described as Britain’s oldest road.

Route Highlight

Along the route, look out for the spectacular Red Kites overhead, a magnificent bird that was reintroduced to the Chilterns 25 years ago.

Where to stop

The charming King’s Head pub, in Chinnor, is a great post-walk pit stop.