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Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Circular and Linear Walks

This 12 mile circular route in the north Wiltshire Downs, just 5½ miles (9km) southeast of the centre of Swindon, is suitable for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The route mainly follows broad tracks through rolling downland countryside rich in history from prehistoric to recent times.

The route is waymarked with ‘Ridgeway Circular Route’ waymarks. Please keep to the paths and keep dogs under control to prevent them disturbing wildlife or stock.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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The Ashbury Circular Main walk is 7¾ miles (12½ km) with a shortcut reducing it to 6 miles (9½ km) - allow 4 hours (3 hours for shortcut route). The Ashbury Circular Short Walk is 2½ miles (4 km) – allow 1¼ hours

These walks are within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They start on The Ridgeway and take you through classic chalk countryside with wonderful views of rolling downland and the Thames Valley. They include the attractive spring line village of Ashbury at the foot of the scarp and provide some fascinating historical and natural features to explore.

Terrain and conditions
• Tracks, field paths through arable and pasture, and minor village lanes and footpaths.
• The walk is fairly strenuous with one relatively steep hill up and another down.
• One stile only in a temporary fence. 9 gates. The short walk has no stiles.
• Some paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.
• There may be seasonal vegetation on the route.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.

 



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These 2 walks, either 4 or 6 miles, take you through the Ashridge Estate which covers 6 square miles of woodlands,commons, downland and farmland in Hertfordshire and
Buckinghamshire. Most of this land is open access to the public and is owned and managed by the National Trust.

The Ashridge Drovers Walk follows typically Chiltern sunken lanes that criss-cross the area. This network of ancient green lanes would have been used over hundreds of years to move livestock from the villages of Aldbury, Ivinghoe and Pitstone to their common lands. This movement of livestock was called droving.

The area supports an amazing diversity of birdlife including goldcrest and the lesser-spotted woodpecker. Wild fallow deer are a common sight and muntjac deer, badgers and the rarely found dormouse are also resident. The main focal point of the Estate is the granite Monument erected in 1832 to the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, the Canal Duke.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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This walk was developed by Aston Rowant Parish Council. The Trail is stile-free and fully way-marked.
The circular route is 5.3 miles but with the extension to a pub and hotel is 6.2 miles.
The walk begins by Aston Rowant 11th Century Church with its two Romanesque Windows.Church Lane is thought to be part of the London Weye - a route to Oxford used in the Middle Ages. The future Queen Elizabeth 1 passed this way in 1554 when released from the Tower of London and banished to country confinement in Woodstock.The walk then passes along National Trust Juniper Bank and through National Trust Aston Wood. Watch out for Red Kites, Buzzards, Fallow Deer, Muntjac and Bluebells in the Spring; Beech woods planted for the local furniture trade and firewood.
Materials were used for house and roadbuilding from the flint and chalk pits.Natural England Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve with Juniper
Trees, more Red Kites, Buzzards,Nuthatches, Common Spotted Orchid,Chiltern Gentian and many butterflies including the Chalkhill Blue.The extended Trail takes in Lewknor where refreshment may be had at the Leathern Bottle or further along en route back to Aston Rowant, at The Lambert Arms.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.

 



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This 6.7 mile circular walk includes several of the intriguing prehistoric monuments within the downland landscape of the Avebury World Heritage Site: the Stone Circle, Silbury Hill, the Sanctuary, several Bronze Age Round Barrows and West Kennett Long Barrow as a side trip. If that’s not enough, there’s also Fyfield Down National Nature Reserve to explore as well as the picturesque village of Avebury with its museum and manor house.

It should take you 3- 3½  hours (plus more to explore) to complete this relatively gentle walk. There are 5 stiles and 8 gates.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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A delightful 5 mile (8Km) downland walk with 2 stiles.
Start at Barbury Castle Country Park

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.

 



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This circular walk is 4½ miles (7¼ km) long - allow 2 hours.  The walk is within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and starts from the small, picturesque, spring line village of Bishopstone at the foot of the downs in Wiltshire about 5½ miles (9km) east of Swindon.  It takes you through a lovely coombe up onto the downs, and along a stretch of The Ridgeway before descending the scarp slope and returning to the start via the hamlet of Idstone.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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Discover a hill fort, chalk grassland, twisting old box trees on this 3 mile (4.8 kms) circular walk through the largest native box woodland in the country. You'll find beech woodland, boxwood objects and historic routeways and enjoy far-reaching, attractive views of the Chiltern hills and adjacent vales.

For a longer walk you can combine the Souther Circular walk with the Northern Circular walk.

Access information:

  • Mainly un-made paths that can be muddy.
  • Several steep ascents and descents and several stiles.
  • Start/finish: Pulpit Hill, near Monks Risborough.

www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.

 



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This 3.5 miles (5.6 km) circular walk takes you across chalk grassland, past twisting old box trees in the largest native box woodland in the country. You'll see extensive views, village churches, streams and boxwood objects.

For a longer walk you can combine this walk with the Southern Circular walk.

Access information:

  • The path surfaces are mainly un-made paths which can be muddy.
  • There is one steep ascent and descent, several stiles and steps.
  • Start/finish: Great Kimble A4010 parking layby or bus stop.

http://www.chilternsaonb.org/

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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This 5¾ miles (9¼ km) long route can be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and starts from the village of Compton in the heart of the downs in Berkshire, about 5 miles (8km) west of the River Thames at Goring-on-Thames. It follows lovely rolling downland tracks and a stretch of The Ridgeway.

Terrain and conditions
• Mostly on downland tracks.
• This route is moderately strenuous for walkers but with no steep sections.
• No stiles or gates.
• Some paths can be muddy and slippery after rain.
• There may be seasonal vegetation on the route.

We hope you'll enjoy this walk. If you do please consider making a small donation to help us continue to care for the Ridgeway National Trail and provide information about it.



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