Avebury, Marlborough & The Ridgeway

Wiltshire, England

Holiday overview

Destination

England


Type

Self Guided, Tailor Made


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 240 pp


Duration

3 nights


This long weekend is a walking break that takes you into the heart of one of the most important areas in Europe for its evidence of early civilization. The walk begins in Marlborough, a beautiful old town with a remarkably wide main street flanked by impressive examples of well-preserved 17th, 18th, and 19th century domestic […]

This long weekend is a walking break that takes you into the heart of one of the most important areas in Europe for its evidence of early civilization. The walk begins in Marlborough, a beautiful old town with a remarkably wide main street flanked by impressive examples of well-preserved 17th, 18th, and 19th century domestic architecture. You will walk across the Wessex downs to Avebury, world famous for its rings of standing stones and nearby Silbury Hill, possibly the largest man-made hill in the world. From Avebury, enjoy an exhilarating walk along the Ridgeway to the handsome villages of Southend and Ogbourne St. George.

 

Price:

£240 per person based on two people sharing.

 

Included:

Three nights accommodation in good quality inns and hotels with breakfast, luggage transfers, maps and route notes.

Day 1: Marlborough

Arrive in the handsome small town of Marlborough. King Henry III was married here and held Parliament here in 1267. Legend has it that the great wizard, Merlin, is buried here and the town’s motto is ‘Where now are the bones of wise Merlin.’ Overnight in Marlborough.

 

Day 2: Marlborough – Avebury

Walk from Marlborough to Avebury. You’ll walk out of the town, along racecourse gallops up onto the Downs, where in general there is good, firm walking. You will pass into Fyfield Down National Nature Reserve, littered with the sarsen stones of the type used at Avebury, many covered in rare mosses and lichens. Then, down into magical Avebury with its celebrated neolithic stone circles. Overnight in Avebury.

6 miles.

 

Day 3: Avebury – Ogbourne St. George

From Avebury, there are a number of ways to walk up onto the Ridgeway, but the most straightforward is to retrace your steps to the ridge-top and then change direction towards Ogbourne St. George. The Ridgeway is often said to be the ‘oldest street in Britain,’ an ancient path across England that dates back 5000 years. You will pass the Iron Age hillfort at Barbury on your way to the charming villages of Southend and Ogbourne St. George. Overnight in Ogbourne St. George.

9 miles.

 

Day 4: Departure

Buses run between Ogbourne St. George and Marlborough if required. Further days along the Ridgeway can also be arranged.

PRICE

£240 per person based on two people sharing.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Accommodation in hotels and inns in rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

 

INCLUDED:

Three nights accommodation in good quality inns and hotels with breakfast, luggage transfers, maps and route notes.

 

GETTING THERE

Rail: nearest stations are Swindon or Pewsey (both around 10 miles from Marlborough)

Bus: regular busses from Swindon and from London.

Local bus timetables and maps