Ridgeway Accommodation and Other Services
RambleFest displays details of Ridgeway guidebooks and maps, accommodation, camping, pubs and public transport. We also include an Ordnance Survey map link for each location along the route for which we have service details.
Please refer to the Ridgeway Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table (below) for places visited along the route. By clicking on any location, the Ordnance Survey map for that location can be opened and dragged (and re-sized) to follow the route of the path.
The Ridgeway is around 90 miles in length and connects Overton Hill near Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. It is one of the most well-known of long-distance footpaths, and even to those who do not walk paths it conjures up romantic images of ancient trackways.
We have listed the accommodation for each location in our Ridgeway Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table (below). Simply click on a location to open the page displaying the details of Ridgeway accommodation, camping, pubs, restaurants and public transport available at that location, including addresses and contact info.
We display a wide range of accommodation type, e.g. B&B, Guest House, Hotel, Inn, Hostel, Self catering, camping, etc., but inevitably in some locations the accommodation is limited. Not all Ridgeway accommodation will offer evening meals; this needs to be ascertained with the individual landlords. B&B (Bed and Breakfast) is almost always within the same house, farm, etc. as the people who run it. Guest Houses are usually expected to be grander than B&B, but are not necessarily so. Hotels are grander still, and with the expected higher cost, although there is a range of hotel quality. Hostels offer the most basic of accommodation above Bunk-House and Camping, and are therefore among the cheapest. Quite often some cleaning is required on the part of the resident.
We have included Camping, although there are relatively few official campsites. We advise telephoning the individual sites for info on facilities. Also, it may well be worth telephoning farmhouse B&B to enquire about camping.
We are always looking to improve our information, and welcome Ridgeway accommodation recommendations.
Ridgeway Restaurants and Pubs
Some ramblers will be content to stay in their B&B in the evening and relax. Others will want to explore the villages and towns and sample the pubs and restaurants. Luckily, many pubs serve good food, and at a reasonable cost. As mentioned above, there is plenty of stopping points along the Ridgeway, whether for food or drink, and we have attempted to give as much information as possible on pubs and restaurants, especially regarding pubs serving real ale and/or food. Please refer to the Ridgeway Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table (below).
Restaurants and pubs are notoriously changeable. Please let us know if our information is out of date.
The Ridgeway Guidebooks & Maps
Click on an image below for more info and the option of buying online:
There are at least two requirements of a guidebook. One is the functionality of navigating the route; the other is to make the walk more enjoyable and give information on accommodation, geology, local history, natural history, etc. We advise buying two different guidebooks, if available; one will complement the other in terms of route description, back-up info, photographs and diagrams, etc., and the additional cost is little compared to the cost of the walk.
We have greatly improved our Ramblefest-Amazon store and made it very easy to find the books and maps required for your walk.
We recommend buying the National Trail Ridgeway guidebook and the Trailblazer Ridgeway guidebook. Both are excellent value, and one will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc. The National Trail guidebook has the relevant sections of the Ordnance Survey “Explorer” maps. The Trailblazer guide has large-scale detailed Wainwright-style maps and a wealth of additional info, including accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink.
The Ridgeway guidebooks mentioned above should suffice. However, many villages and towns are 1¼ miles off the route, so we include a 1:25,000 map of the route.
The Ridgeway Accommodation, Services and Mileage Table
Please click on a location to open the page displaying Ridgeway Accommodation, Camping, Pub and Restaurant information for that location.
An Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map link has been included at each location; once the link is clicked, the map can be dragged and the scale adjusted. For each service an address and contact number is given, and wherever possible that service’s proximity to the path.
NOTE: Figures after the `+’ sign indicates miles off route
|LOCATION(Click on a location to view details of services for that location)||CUMULATIVE
|Marlborough||6¾ Off||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Camping Shop, Bus|
|Avebury||2 Off||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|East Kennett||¾ Off||Accommodation (B&B)|
|Broad Hinton||5 + 1¼||Inn, Pub, Restaurant|
|Ogbourne St George||9 + ½||Hotel, Camping, Pub, Restaurant|
|Foxhill||16½||Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|Bishopstone||17¾ + ½||Inn, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|Ashbury||19¼ + ½||Hotel, Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|Woolstone||21¼ + 1¼||Inn, Bus|
|Sparsholt Down||23¾ + ½||B&B, Camping, Bus (Sparsholt)|
|Letcombe Regis||27¾ + 1½||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|Court Hill||28¼ + ¼||Accommodation (Bunkhouse), Camping|
|East Ilsley||36½ + 1||Inn, Restaurant, Bus|
|Streatley||43¾||Hotel, B&B, Hostel (YHA), Pub, Train, Bus|
|Goring on Thames||44||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Train, Bus|
|South Stoke||45½||Inn, B&B, Pub|
|Wallingford||49¼ + 1¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant|
|Crowmarsh Gifford||49¼ + ¾||Camping, Pub, Bus|
|Watlington||58¾ + ½||Inn, B&B, Camping, Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|Lewknor||61¼ + ½||Hotel, Pub, Restaurant, Bus|
|Kingston Blount||63 + ½||Inn, B&B, Restaurant, Bus|
|Chinnor||64½ + ¼||B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Bus, Train (Steam)|
|Princes Risborough||69¾ + ¼||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Train, Bus|
|Wendover||76||Inn, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Bus, Train|
|Wigginton||82¼||Inn, B&B, Pub|
|Tring||82¼ + 1||Hotel, B&B, Pub, Restaurant, Train, Bus|
|Aldbury||84¼ + ½||Inn, Pub, Train, Bus|
|Ivinghoe Beacon||87¼||The Beacon|
|Ivinghoe||1¼ Off||Accommodation (B&B),C,R,PH,Bus|
Official Ridgeway Website
The Friends of the Ridgeway
This is an `Association of people committed to preserving The Ridgeway as an ancient greenway for quiet enjoyment by the public.’
The Ridgeway Public Transport
Please refer to individual locations for transport facilities. Of special interest to those who would like to combine sections of the walk with other paths, there is a bus service which links all the locations from Liddington to Letcombe Regis.
The Ridgeway Photographs and Logs
We want to display as many photographs as possible of the Ridgeway, and there is always room for your photographs and walk logs – just email them to us. Alternatively, if you have them online you can send us the link.