The Ridgeway National Trail follows a route used for at least 5,000 years by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers. It starts in the World Heritage Site of Avebury and crosses the chalk ridges of the North Wessex Downs and Chilterns AONBs, passing Iron Age hillforts, chalk figures, ancient burial mounds until it finishes at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Walking The Ridgeway really is like stepping back in time, but you don't have to do it in one go, there are many circular walks that use part of it. The Chilterns section travels through woodlands, nature reserves and quiet valleys and also passes several magnificent viewpoints along the Chilterns ridge.
For characterful accommodation by the Ridgeway National Trail why not stay at Streatley-on-Thames youth hostel:
A warm welcome, comfy beds, safe cycle storage, tasty full English breakfasts come as standard in our B&Bs or, if you prefer to look after yourself, choose self-catering from our member list. Just the comfort and hospitality you need after a day walking the Ridgeway, cycling the Chilterns Cycleway or visiting the many Chilterns sites of interest.
The Chilterns Accommodation Association is a collective of small, privately-owned B&B, self-catering and holiday cottage providers around the Princes Risborough, Wnedover, Great Missenden, Chinnor and Radnage area of Buckinghamshire. Walkers, leisure visitors, cyclists and business visitors are all assured of a warm welcome. Some of our owners have ground floor (level access) rooms, some offer packed lunches, most offer free internet access and some welcome pets but please check with individual providers before you book.
Check out the website at www.chilternsaccommodation.co.uk for more details and plan your stay with us in this beautiful and quintissentially English countryside.
Avebury World Heritage Site in Wiltshire to the Iron Age Fort on top of Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire - 87 miles.
Guidebooks, leaflets, etc can be purchased through the National Trails website.