Ridgeway Guidebooks

Ridgeway Guidebooks and Maps

RambleFest displays the best Ridgeway guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online

Click on an image below for more information on Ridgeway guidebooks and maps, and the option of buying online:

The Trailblazer Ridgeway guidebook is excellent:
“Practical guide to walking the whole of the Ridgeway National Trail. The Ridgeway path begins near Avebury, Wiltshire, and runs 87 miles finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Includes:
* Ridgeway map, 53 large-scale maps (1:20,000), guides to 24 towns and villages.
* Detailed accommodation for all budgets with reviews:
 campsites, hostels, B&Bs, inns, guesthouses and hotels.
* Places to eat with reviews: cafes, teashops, pubs, takeaways and restaurants as well as shops and supermarkets for buying supplies.
* What to see: historical, cultural and geographical information and sights.
* Detailed public transport information.
* Itineraries for all walkers
 including day Ridgeway walks.
* Downloadable GPS waypoints.
* Colour overview maps and profiles showing ascents and descents.
* Colour photos
 including 4 page flower and butterfly guide.
* Details of walking companies if you’d prefer an organised holiday and baggage-carrying services if you just want your luggage carried.”
– The Ridgeway (Trailblazer British Walking Guide)

The Cicerone Ridgeway guidebook includes a separate maps booklet:
“Guidebook and Ordnance Survey map booklet to walk the Ridgeway National Trail. The 87-mile (139km) route through southern England from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire typically takes five to seven days to complete.
* This is a low-level waymarked route suitable for all abilities and for year round walking. The guidebook details the trail in both directions, (the main description is west to east).
* The guidebook comes with a separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps showing the full route. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.
* The guidebook is packed with details on points of interest, a trek planner gives at-a-glance information about facilities, public transport and accommodation available along the way. Following a ridge of chalk hills through the Chiltern Hills AONB and North Wessex Downs AONB, the Ridgeway takes walkers through five counties and five thousand years of history. It offers a scenic and fascinating journey through our ancient and more recent past, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury’s Neolithic stone circle and the famous Uffington White Horse, and includes excursions to picturesque villages, thatched cottages and cosy pubs.”
– The Ridgeway National Trail (Cicerone)

The National Trail Ridgeway guidebook includes sections of the OS maps:
“Whether you’re an experienced long-distance walker or a weekend stroller, this is the only companion you need. The Ridgeway follows one of the oldest ‘green roads’ in Europe, running for 87 miles (140 km) from Overton Hill in the west, across the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of the White Horse, to Ivinghoe Beacon on the northern edge of the Chilterns.”
– The Ridgeway (National Trail Guide)

Notes on Ridgeway Guidebooks

The Cicerone and National Trail guidebooks include the relevant sections of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale maps. The Trailblazer guide has large-scale (1:20,000) detailed Wainwright-style maps and a wealth of additional info, including accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink.We recommend buying two guidebooks; one will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc.

Ridgeway Maps

Two of The Ridgeway guidebooks mentioned above should suffice. However, many villages and towns are 1¼ miles or more off the route, so we include two publications which have 1:25,000 maps of the route. The Cicerone map booklet is included with the guidebook (above) or can be bought separately.

“The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors. The Ridgeway is a 87 mile (139 km) National Trail following, in part, an ancient path along the exposed Chiltern Hills escarpment. Starting at Overton Hill near Avebury, The Ridgeway travels northeast, passing near many Neolithic, Iron Age and Bronze Age sites to finish at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring, Buckinghamshire. The route on the map is clearly highlighted in yellow with mileage markers to gauge distances when planning sections of the walk to enjoy. This official National Trail Map of The Ridgeway features 36 pages of continuous Ordnance Survey 1:25000 mapping providing complete coverage of The Ridgeway. The atlas includes a route planner showing distances between places and the amenities available, featuring: Information Centres, Hotels/B&Bs, Youth Hostels, Campsites (seasonal opening), Public Houses, Shops, Restaurants, Cafes (seasonal opening) and Petrol Stations. Also featured is advice on safety and security when walking and a selection of QR codes linked to useful websites, including temporary route updates from the National Trails, regional information, map reading advice and weather reports. Unlike the original OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels, making it easy to find the required location quickly. Each index entry has a page reference and a six figure National Grid Reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm it is the same size as the standard OS folded map.”
– The Ridgeway Adventure Atlas

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