The Ridgeway Trail Running

The Ridgeway Trail Running

A self-guided trail running holiday along the Ridgeway National Trail from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon.

4 to 7 nights
93 miles
Easy to Demanding

From £590 per person

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About this route

The 91-mile (144 km) Ridgeway National Trail is a compelling option for the runner, as it follows an ancient path along the crest of the North Wessex Downs, passing the remnants of prehistoric settlements.

The views from the top, closest to Chinnor and Princes Risborough, take in a vast swathe of the Thames.

Once on the river bank, the trail follows the Thames for five miles before branching off for varied scenery. Down land, delightful valleys and rich woodland are all on the route, transforming each day’s run.

With few climbs to tackle and generally good terrain to attack, the trail provides an excellent starting point for a new trail runner, or a fast, scenic route for those with more experience.

© Contours Walking Holidays The Ridgeway Trail Running map
Avebury/Ivinghoe Beacon
93 miles (148 km)
1st February to 30th November

Holiday highlights

Engaging with ancient history as you run along a track established by prehistoric man, with stone circles and ancient barrows to visit along the way.

Delving through the rolling hills of the Wessex Downs and on to the woodlands and villages of the Chiltern Hills.

Spotting the striking shape of the Uffington White Horse sketched across the hillside.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-RIDG2 From East Kennett(T) to Ivinghoe Beacon 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£590
R-RIDG3 From East Kennett(T) to Ivinghoe Beacon 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate£665
R-RIDG4 From East Kennett(T) to Ivinghoe Beacon 7 nights, 6 days running Easy£790

The Ridgeway Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to East Kennett(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

East Kennett(T) to Letcombe Regis(L). 29.5 miles (47km) / 2093 ft (638 m) ascent

Day 2

Letcombe Regis(L) to Watlington. 30 miles (48km) / 2073 ft (632 m) ascent

Day 3

Watlington to Ivinghoe Beacon. 33 miles (53km) / 2959 ft (902 m) ascent


Depart from Ivinghoe Beacon after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£65.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

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.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 92.5 miles (148 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 29.5 miles (47 km)
Maximum daily distance: 33 miles (53 km)
Code: R-RIDG2 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st February - 30th November
Start of holiday: East Kennett(T)
End of holiday: Ivinghoe Beacon

Route Profile

The Ridgeway Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Bristol, Southampton, London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Avebury) is at Swindon (about 11.5 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Tring).

By Bus - There is a bus from Swindon to Avebury. Various buses run from Tring/Aldbury/Wigginton (for Ivinghoe Beacon).

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Swindon. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Avebury.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch the train from Tring to Swindon, and then a bus/taxi to Avebury.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.