How much of the Ridgeway is rideable?
No, Cherhill is a bit further westwards along the A4. Virtually opposite the start of the Ridgeway is West Kennett Long Barrow, also a little westwards is Silbury Hill.
Wiltshire is fantastic for relics!
Edit: You can deviate to Avebury from the Ridgeway but opposite that is Fyfield Down that has the most amazing number of Grey Wethers.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
PM me if you like, I don’t have GPS tracks but have ridden the Ridgeway e2e many times and now have pretty good alternatives to all the footpath / gated sections between Goring and Ivinghoe, would have to give you map refs though. The Thames path is a gated PITA and that’s one of the few sections where I ride on tarmac, for about 2-3 miles, that and one minor climb, the rest is off road. I do ‘cheeky’ one particular section as it’s a great trail, but there is a byway option that adds a mile or 2 and is more in keeping with the Ridgeway trail style.Posted 4 years ago
The far Chilterns end seems more ‘acceptable’ to cheeky trailing if it’s not mid-day on a sunny weekend or really wet, but a couple of sections around Nuffield and Swyncombe are off limits to responsible riders – there’s a very on-guard farmer in that area!jekkylMember
I’m doing the ridgeway this weekend coming, my friend and I are camping at uffington and then gonna cycle along it, have lunch and a pint and cycle back. Probably just do about 50 miles all in. Hoping the weather will be as nice as it has been this weekend gone. Just trying to work out if we should cycle east or west from uffington, for the best views and historical things to look at? any tipsPosted 4 years agojekkylMember
from the websitre:
Western half of The Ridgeway
The western half of the Trail, from Overton Hill to Streatley on the River Thames, is a marvellous route for mountain bikers (those using touring bikes might struggle a bit) and horse riders. It provides an almost continuous 43 miles (69km) stretch of track with only a few short sections of road. Some sections have a hard stone surface whereas the rest is a natural surface, in places with some damage from excessive use – maintenance to repair these is ongoing
East of the River Thames
A considerable length of The Ridgeway east of the River Thames is public footpath which cannot be used by cyclists, horse riders or carriage drivers. However there is a lovely 9 miles (14km) stretch through The Chilterns that can be used on a bike or horseback. This is from Britwell Hill just west of Watlington to Bledlow, west of Princes Risborough. Carriage drivers can use the 5-mile (8km) restricted byway stretch from Britwell Hill to the A40.
Those cyclists and horse riders wanting a long distance ride east of the Thames that uses The Ridgeway as much as possible have two good routes to follow. The Swans Way (phone 01296 382171 for leaflet) starts from Goring-on-Thames, just across the river from Streatley, and travels to Bledlow where it turns north away from the line of The Ridgeway. At Bledlow cyclists and horse riders can then join the Icknield Way Riders’ Route that provides a good alternative route to The Ridgeway as far as Pitstone Hill, just a couple of miles from Ivinghoe Beacon. Unfortunately riders and cyclists can’t continue to the end of The Ridgeway as the route to it is a public footpath.
so the west of the river you’re all good, east of it you can find a way but your route won’t be on the ridgeway itself. Sustrans do a map of it: http://www.sustransshop.co.uk/products/5292-ridgewayPosted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Just trying to work out if we should cycle east or west from uffington, for the best views and historical things to look at? any tips
I’d head for Overton Hill, west. More open trails and views, less faffy with footpaths etc. 25 miles east gets you past Goring I think, it’s not great n-e of Goring unless you get to the Chiltern end and know that area.Posted 4 years ago
Looking forward to reading the reports chaps! 😀
jekkyl – if you head west from Uffington then there’s Wayland’s Smithy long barrow, Ashdown Park but you’d need to check opening times of this lovely looking residence, if you cross the M4 then there’s Liddington hill fort.
You could take the bridleway dead opposite Uffington hill fort and it’s a pleasant ride alongside the gallops with springy turf heading down to Lambourn. Very close to that is Seven Barrows tumuli.
Look out for hares and deer!Posted 4 years agotommyhineSubscriber
There’s plenty of trails you can do which are fine once you get to Princess Risborough through to Ivinghoe. They aren’t technically the ridgeway but they pretty much run parallel.Posted 4 years ago
In fact if you canny about your route through wendover woods you can have a blast around Aston Hill bike park on the other side of it. Might liven up precedings (drop your saddles a bit though)
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