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Stage 4: Avebury to Uffington White Horse — Greater Ridgeway Trail

Stage 4: Avebury to Uffington White Horse — Greater Ridgeway Trail

Difficult
03:33
22.9 mi
6.5 mph
1,500 ft
1,575 ft
Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.91 mi
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Herepath Avebury to the Ridgeway

Mountain Biking Highlight

5.91 mi
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Barbury Castle Iron Age Fort

Bike Touring Highlight

22.0 mi
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White Horse Hill at Uffington

Bike Touring Highlight

22.9 mi

Britchcombe Farm Campsite

Camping Site

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 0.84 mi
Path: 17.1 mi
Cycleway: 1.56 mi
Street: 272 yd
Road: 3.20 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Unpaved: 17.5 mi
Compacted Gravel: 1.32 mi
Cobblestones: 232 yd
Paved: 1.07 mi
Asphalt: 2.84 mi
Unknown: < 109 yd

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

March 24, 2021

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    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.

    • March 24, 2021

Katherine Moore

Stage 4: Avebury to Uffington White Horse — Greater Ridgeway Trail