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Trail Facts

Total distance: 91 miles (146 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 29 miles (46 km)
Maximum daily distance: 31 miles (50 km)
Code: R-RIDG2

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


Itinerary

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

Day 2: Avebury to Letcombe Regis. 29 miles (46km)

Day 3: Letcombe Regis to Watlington. 31 miles (50km)

Day 4: Watlington to Ivinghoe Beacon. 31 miles (50km)

Day 5: 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.

The pleasant little market town of Wantage is another good choice for a rest day from running, brimming with a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and shops, including places to stock up on health foods, supplements and snacks for the rest of your holiday. Wantage also hosts many different events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating a mixture of local music, literature, heritage, food and more, ensuring that there is always something to entertain everyone.

The town of Watlington would make a perfect rest stop for runners interested in locally produced food and ancient history, not to mention the wealth of beautiful surrounding Chiltern countryside in which the town is nestled. Take a gentle stroll around the various shops and delis before exploring the local area along one of its many walking trails, ensuring to keep an eye on the skies for Red Kites, which famously inhabit the Chilterns.


What's included?

  • 4 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

Air

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

Rail

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.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com 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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