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Trail Facts

Total distance: 91 miles (146 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days running
Minimum daily distance: 20.5 miles (33 km)
Maximum daily distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Code: R-RIDG3

Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Avebury
End of holiday: Ivinghoe Beacon


Day 1: Travel to Avebury where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Avebury to Ashbury (Ridgeway). 20.5 miles (33km)

Day 3: Ashbury (Ridgeway) to Goring. 24.5 miles (39km)

Day 4: Goring to Saunderton (for Princes Risborough). 25 miles (40km)

Day 5: Saunderton (for Princes Risborough) to Ivinghoe Beacon. 21 miles (34km)

Day 6: Depart from Ivinghoe Beacon after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra nights / rest days

The ridgeway passes through some wonderful towns and villages on its journey from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon; perhaps the best way to ensure that you make the most out of these diverse destinations is to add an extra day or two into your holiday and explore them more thoroughly.

Avebury is an extremely tempting option for an extra night, particularly for budding historians. Before you set off on your run, you can add an extra night at the start of your holiday and explore the many superb prehistoric sites around the village, including the Avebury Circles, the Sanctuary, the West Kennet Long Barrow, the Devil's Den and much more. All the usual amenities are also available here, including a number of cafes and tearooms to enjoy.

Spending an extra night in the historic village of Goring is also an option, with its elegant country houses, tranquil river and calm atmosphere guaranteed to soothe and relax any runner. Situated in both The Chilterns and The North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the local area is perfect for a gentle walk or recovery run to help loosen up your muscles for the remainder of your run. The nearby Hartslock Nature Reserve "a Site of Special Scientific Interest" is another stunning area to explore, filled with beautiful plants and home to a very wide variety of animals, some of which are extremely rare.

What's included?

  • 5 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information


The most convenient international airport for the start of the trail are Bristol, Southampton and Bournemouth.


The most convenient railway station for the start of the tour (Avebury), is Swindon (Wilts). From Swindon station, take a bus/taxi to Avebury. There is a railway station at the end of the trail (Tring). Tring railway station is located around 2 miles out from the centre of Tring.

From London - Trains run regularly between Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and Swindon (Wilts) (nearest railway station to Avebury). There are frequent trains running between London Paddington and Swindon. From Tring, there are regular train routes to Gatwick or Heathrow, and trains run frequently to London Euston.


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Avebury) is by taking a train from Tring to Swindon. From Swindon station, taxi or a bus to Avebury.

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