The Ridgeway

The Ridgeway runs from Overton Hill in Wiltshire to the rolling hills of the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire. East of the River Thames at Goring the trail becomes a footpath for walkers only so we have mapped out our own cycling route that follows bridleways. Most cycling groups finish in Wendover but you can continue for an additional 16 miles to Ivinghoe following bridleways and quiet country lanes.

The trail to Wendover is almost entirely off-road. In dry weather it is suitable for most regular cyclists. In poor weather it can become a tough mountain bike ride that will test both your biking skills and stamina.

If you prefer to walk the trail see our Classic Trails walking holiday for the group support we provide.

Most people cycle from west to east, as the wind is usually behind you. However you can of course start in Wendover and finish at Avebury. The wind direction is very important. Cycling into a headwind is exhausting and may prevent you finishing the ride each day.

We have carefully designed two itineraries for groups cycling the whole trail from Avebury to Wendover. The distances shown are a guide only and depend on the accommodation you choose each night. Large groups may need to use hotels and inns in towns nearby. We can provide transport for the group and bikes between the trail and your accommodation.

Avebury stone circle, Wiltshire, England

Two Days Cycling

Cycling the Ridgeway over a weekend provides a good challenge for most cyclists and requires decent weather and trail conditions. The second day is shorter, which gives time to return home rather than staying overnight on Sunday.

Day 1 - Avebury to Goring - 43 miles / 69 kms
Day 2 - Goring to Wendover - 29 miles / 47 kms

The Ridgeway National Trail, Oxfordshire, England

Three Days Cycling

A 3 day cycling trip gives more time to experience the area and contingency when trail and weather conditions are tough. Return transfers back to your cars or Swindon railway station for your group and bikes can be provided.

Day 1 - Avebury to Wantage - 30 miles / 48 kms
Day 2 - Wantage to Wallingford - 25 miles / 40 kms
Day 3 - Wallingford to Wendover - 25 miles / 40 kms

Many cycling groups like to arrange their own accommodation so we have listed some of the better hotels and inns with links to TripAdvisor where you can read customer reviews and check prices and availability.

When booking accommodation ask if there is secure storage for your bikes and the time breakfast is served in the morning. All should be able to provide packed lunches. For those starting late or cycling long distances, check when evening meals end. If you plan to arrive mid afternoon check inns are open as many close between 3 and 6 pm.

If you prefer, we can reserve rooms for you. We charge the price of the rooms plus a fee of £15 per person per night to cover our admin and insurance costs. A deposit of £100 per person is paid when you book with us. The balance is then due 4 weeks before your trip begins.

Marlborough is a compact, pretty town with a good range of restaurants and pubs. It is worth considering spending the night here before starting your ride. Using our minibuses and trailers we can drop you at the start of the Ridgeway or you can cycle along a bridleway - using the busy A4 is best avoided.

Wendover is a small market town in the shadow of the Chiltern hills. There are good pubs and restaurants in the centre and a choice of accommodation. The town has a train station with regular services into London Marylebone.

With our cycling packages you choose two or more services that you would like us to provide. These include group and bicycle transport, luggage and gear transfers each day, cycle rescue, bicycle hire and an accommodation booking service.

Luggage Transfers

Your bags and cycle gear are moved between hotels, inns and B&Bs leaving you to enjoy each day without a heavy pack or cycle panniers.

Prices depend on the distance you intend to cycle each day and the number of bags transported. There are large discounts for group bookings.

Group Transport

With our minibuses and trailers we can transport your group, luggage and bikes from your home or airport to the start and back to your parked cars, home or airport at the end.

Please note that if you require transport only then you need private vehicle hire (a taxi service), which we are unable to provide unfortunately.

Bicycle Hire

We can deliver quality mountain bikes, helmets, handlebar bags and repair kits to Avebury and collect them from you at the end in Wendover.

Please note that the cycle hire service is available when booking at least one other service, bag transfers or group transport for example, read more...

Trail Support

For large groups we can provide full trail support where a driver, minibus and bike trailer follow the group each day providing assistance when needed.

The driver is first aid trained and is able to help with mechanical repairs to your bikes. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and your personal gear is stored in the vehicle.

Hotel Reservations

See the Hotels & Inns section for accommodation options, TripAdvisor reviews and to check availability and prices.

If you prefer, we can reserve rooms for you. We charge the price of the rooms plus a fee of £15 pppn to cover our admin and insurance costs. A deposit of £100 per person is paid. The balance is due 4 weeks before your trip begins.

Cycle Rescue

We provide an emergency roadside repair and recovery service. We can also transport you and your bikes to your hotel if weather conditions prevent you completing the ride.

The cost of the service depends on the distances and time involved. Should you run into difficulties please call our 24 hour support line for assistance, read more...

There is parking at the start of the trail near Avebury although it is a little isolated. There is also a car park in Marlborough. We can meet you at your parked car to collect your luggage and transfer you to the start of the Ridgeway.

At the end of your ride we can collect you from Wendover and drop you back at your car. The journey time between Wendover and Avebury for a minibus pulling a trailer is approximately 2 hours although this varies depending on the time of day. At weekends and on public holidays the journey time can be longer.

Tell us about the trip you are planning and the services that you would like us to provide. We will then confirm availability and provide prices.

The Trail

  • Distance: 72 miles / 116 kms
  • Ascent: 5173 feet / 1577 metres
  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Start point: Avebury, Wiltshire
  • End point: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

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