Stage 1: Avebury Stone Circles To Uffington White Horse - Ride The Ancient Ridgeway
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Road Cycling Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
March 9, 2020
Although the official Ridgeway starts at Overton Hill, be sure not to miss Avebury. This small Wiltshire village is home to not just one, but three prehistoric stone circles, thought to date back to some 5000 years ago in the Neolithic, or New Stone Age. This is the largest Megalithic circle in the world, and it’s open access to go and take a closer look.
You’ll soon warm up as the route climbs up Overton Hill on the well marked, traffic free Ridgeway National Trail. Head North towards the second historic site of the day after only eight miles; Barbury Castle Fort. Witness the scale of this Iron Age Fort’s footprint, just one of several across the Wessex Downs. On a clear day from here you can see as far as the Cotswolds and even the Severn Estuary.
Cross over the Fort, through the car park and across the road carefully to carry on the Ridgeway trail. Enjoy the three mile descent down towards Ogbourne St George, where you can take a detour off the Ridgeway route to find a cafe or shop for Elevenses or even lunch!
Crossing the Chiseldon and Marlborough Railway Path, climb sharply out of the village towards the castle fort at Liddington, the highest point in the borough of Swindon. Descent off the hill to the small village of Foxhill before another sharp, but thankfully shorter rise.
Pass over the more gentle Idstone Hill and Ashbury Hill now nearing the end of the first day’s ride. Approaching White Horse Hill, take the Dragon Hill Road off of the bank, seeing the most incredible white chalk horse on the hillside before you.
Choose from campsites and pubs nearby in Woolstone and Uffington to refuel yourself and get ready for the following day on the historic Ridgeway.