Stage 4: Avebury to Uffington White Horse — Greater Ridgeway Trail
Mountain Biking Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
March 24, 2021
Leaving Avebury, 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, you can see as far as the Cotswolds and even the Severn Estuary.
Cross over the fort, through the car park and carefully across the road to carry on the Ridgeway trail. Enjoy the long descent 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. Descend 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, nearing the end of the first day’s ride. Approaching White Horse Hill, take 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.