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The Ridgeway (National Trail Guides) [Paperback]

Anthony Burton
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25 May 2011 National Trail Guides

The Ridgeway follows one of the oldest ‘green roads’ in Europe. It runs for 87 miles (140 km) from Overton Hill in the west, across the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of the White Horse, to Ivinghoe Beacon on the northern edge of the Chilterns, this is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book.

National Trail Guides are the official guidebooks to the fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and are published in association with Natural England, the official body charged with developing and maintaining the Trails.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136383
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anthony Burton is the author of a number of books in the National Trail Guides series for Aurum, including The West Highland Way, Hadrian’s Wall Path, The Cotswold Way and The Ridgeway, as well as a biography of Richard Trevithick and Thomas Telford and numerous other works of industrial history. He lives in Stroud.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for long-distance walks 27 Aug 2008
By Anon
Format:Hardcover
This book is meant for poeple who wish to walk the whole length of the trail from start to finish. I have found these books excellent for this purpose and would choose no other when attempting a long-distance walk.

They are very informative with detailed descriptions of the route and interesting facts when required. They contain snap shots of the OS map although I would recommend still taking your own just in case!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great outdoors 20 Nov 2011
By deb
Format:Paperback
The Ridgeway National Trail Guide is concise and easy to read. The maps and notes cover every inch of the way. A must for any walker - can't wait to try the others in the range.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By uncle barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I cycled the Ridgeway over a weekend with my friend a couple of years ago and found this book essential. It gives good overview maps (despite what another reviewer says) and then a closer, more detailed map or two of each section as you are going along (although I ALWAYS like to have my trusty OS maps along with me also).

It gives details of all the sites you can see along the way - the various Iron Age hill forts, Wayland Smithy burial chamber, the Uffington White Horse etc as long as practical information about refreshment, toilet, pub stops etc

All the pubs we stopped at were open (except when we got there too late!)

There is also accommodation and transport information - though for the best up-to-date stuff and to make reservations and to see all the various options it's always best to search on-line and book before hand.

The Ridgeway is a fascinating old trail and steeped in history. A good alternative to other long walks like Hadrian's Wall. Cycle it or walk it - in the summer - a really fascinating way to spend a few days.

And a super book to accompany you along the way.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book is very well printed on good paper, sturdily bound, and includes quality reproductions of tiny sections of the OS maps, all as expected on a book listed at 1p under £13.
I live near the Ridgeway, and bought the book in order to get ideas for daytrips on the trail.
The book describes in detail a 136 kilometre long trail. However, it lacks an overview map to allow you to locate where you are on the trail. There is a "key map", but that map is wrong. Example: you want to go for a walk near Aylesbury. According to the key map, the description for this section starts on Chapter 11, but the book only contains six chapters! Presumably an earlier edition of the book contained 12 chapters which were merged to form six, while neglecting to update the key map.
The book also contains descriptions of circular walks which can be taken in the viscinity of the trail, but only gives a vague idea of where they are. For example: "Begin at a point where a byway crosses the Ridgeway", with no indication of how to get there.
I was disappointed at the lack of practical information in the book. For example, near where I live is an approximately 15km long stretch of trail without any parking areas indicated on the OS map. It might have been nice to give some clues about accessing these areas.
Also lacking is any description of the condition of the trail, whether suitable for cycling, prams, etc. Due to a shocking legal loophole, motor vehicles are allowed on much of the trail, and more information on how to avoid these would have been welcome.
Yes, the book's historical descriptions and so on are informative, but they're not much use if I can't get to the sites in the first place.
I give the book one star because I expected it to enable me to choose walks, and tackle the logistics of getting to the walks. I don't feel the book has helped me in these areas. Really, I'm as well off just studying the OS map (which I had to buy).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of official guide to the ridgeway. 13 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We are about to set off and walk the ridgeway, which I think spans several OS maps, so this book is a godsend as it includes all the maps, lots more information, and is slim and light - about the size of one OS map.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, essential guide 13 April 2009
By J. DUFF
Format:Paperback
This book is an essential guide for walking the Ridgeway, although several of the pubs along the way are now closed or being refurbished this book came in very handy along the way. Contains essentail information including water points along the way, although maybe a short section about the shops in each town as you pass would prove useful for the walker carrying all their own supplies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide 27 April 2014
By P
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very comprehensive guide, easy to use and very clear. Not too bulky to carry, with good information for planning the walk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Ridgeway 17 Feb 2014
By Jono
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are walking the Ridgeway like I did, you simply must have this book. It's up to date, accurate and an enjoyable read at the end of a hard days walking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars My first choice
Used it on my walk this summer. A very good Guide. Superior to the others I've seen. The update is most useful
Published 10 months ago by Hugh Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars top guide book
I have read it through, very good guide book, really good walks suggested, landmarks well explained. Handy size to carry with you.
Published 16 months ago by kennywoof IV
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking
I found this very useful for riding the Ridgeway with my two friends. It contained a lot of useful information .
Published 21 months ago by Fairstoke Hip-hop
1.0 out of 5 stars Better guides available
I have just returned from walking The Ridgeway. Initially I purchased this book as it seemed to be rated the most highly for this walk on this site. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Soton Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Despite only buying this guide after her walk was completed it has given my wife hours of pleasure as she recalled the path. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Rowberrow reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ridgeway (National Trail Guide)
Useful + map pocket sized. Easier to consult in rain + high winds than the original OS maps (of which you need more than one if you are travelling any distance).
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by Mrs Weasley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ridgeway
A classically written book with very good detail in terms of both the maps and the directions given.
Some distances can be covered between sentences though!
Recommended!
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by Mr. RJ Tollman
2.0 out of 5 stars the Ridgeway National Trail Guide
This guide may be very good if you intend to do the walk from Overton Hill to Ivinghoe but if as I started at Ivinghoe to walk to Overton Hill I found it of no use at all. Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by Jim D
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