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Stage 5: Uffington White Horse to Goring-on-Thames — Greater Ridgeway Trail

Stage 5: Uffington White Horse to Goring-on-Thames — Greater Ridgeway Trail

Difficult
03:09
21.8 mi
6.9 mph
1,025 ft
1,300 ft
Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

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Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps

You may need to carry your bike.

17 yd in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.27 mi
© OSM

The Blowing Stone

Bike Touring Highlight

2.62 mi
© OSM

The Ridgeway

Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

6.19 mi
© OSM

Segsbury Camp

Bike Touring Highlight

21.8 mi
Destination

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 9.91 mi
Path: 5.98 mi
Cycleway: 1.29 mi
Street: 1.60 mi
Road: 2.52 mi
State Road: 0.49 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 15.8 mi
Compacted Gravel: 0.82 mi
Paved: 2.07 mi
Asphalt: 3.02 mi
Unknown: 140 yd

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

March 24, 2021

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    The second part of the Ridgeway is slightly shorter at just over 21 miles (34 km), leaving the Vale of the White Horse behind and heading further east towards Goring-on-Thames. Although the full National Trail continues towards Aylesbury, this is where the cyclable section ends.

    You’ll quickly get back into it again today with a climb back onto the Ridgeway Trail from the lower slopes. Before you start climbing, make sure you go and check out the Blowingstone at the base of Blowingstone Hill. This stone has a magical ability to make a loud booming sound when manipulated in the right way. Can you do it?

    Back onto the chalky white way, from traffic-free doubletrack roads to narrow singletrack, all taking in gentle slopes as you pass over the spine of each hill crossing the length of the Wessex Downs.

    After seven miles (11 km), take a very short detour from the Ridgeway to see Segsbury Camp, another Iron Age Hill Fort. It’s incredibly well preserved, from the ramparts to ancient gateways.

    Nearly halfway through today’s route you’ll find Lord Wantage’s Monument, a large cross at the side of the Ridgeway trail. Besides being a good place to stop for a while, it offers the most spectacular views to the North, especially on a clear day.

    Enjoy a gentle downhill from here to the end of the day in Goring, with just one small climb past Thurle Down. Once you reach Goring, there are lots of places to get some food and drink, and plenty of accommodation options including a youth hostel.

    • March 24, 2021

Katherine Moore

Stage 5: Uffington White Horse to Goring-on-Thames — Greater Ridgeway Trail