The Greater Ridgeway route

In the online literature, there are those who will try to persuade you that the 612km Greater Ridgeway route “no longer exists”. There is a problem with that statement, inasmuch as there has never been an official route of that name — it has always been the chaining together of four routes.

Wessex Ridgeway

Length >60km
Max transport gap >20km

A 220km walk between Lyme Regis and Marlborough.

The Ridgeway

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 136km between Overton Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.

Image: Goring Bridge, crossed by the route

Icknield Way Trail

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 193km between Ivinghoe Beacon and Knettishall Heath.

Peddars Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 76km between Knettishall Heath and Holme next the Sea.

These routes follow the ancient route between the English Channel and the North Sea: it has been used by traders, warfarers and wayfarers for about 5000 years, and keeps mainly to the high ground. The Wessex Ridgeway is the least officialised of the four: Dorset Council promotes it within their bounds, but the rest will be mainly off-the-map discovery. It is marked on OS Maps, as are the other three routes. There is an overall set of public transport connections (103 locations, 8 matrices) for the Greater Ridgeway.

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