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"The Ridgeway" Ridgeway Tip by KennetRose

Ridgeway, Avebury: 1 reviews and 0 photos

Avebury's importance is underlined by its strategic position on the Ridgeway - possibly the oldest road on the planet. As it's name suggests, the Ridgeway follows a lonely course along the crest of the Downs - lonely because the chalk doesn't support standing water and therefore there are no settlements on it.

The Ridgeway Path National Trail begins at Overton Hill near Avebury and runs for 65km to the Goring Gap, where the Thames breaks through the chalk and enters the London Basin. Thereafter the trail follows a gentler course for another 65km to Ivinghoe Beacon, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire.

The Ridgeway Path has been controversial since its inception, as it is prized by trail bikers as well as walkers and horse riders. The three don't fit easily together!

Directions: Prehistoric long-distance footpath

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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