The historic features along The Ridgeway and in its surrounding landscape tell stories from every historic period as far back as early prehistory. Quiet earthworks and silent fields hold secrets that are waiting to be discovered.

This circular walk led by the Historic Ridgeway Project Manager, Dan Bashford, explores and explains the archaeological earthworks and below ground archaeology within and around this section of the Ridgeway.

On the walk Dan tells us about the changing landscape and land use over time with the Ridgeway forming a constant through many historic periods. We will learn about the people who lived and worked around the Ridgeway from the Neolithic period until the present day.

The Historic Ridgeway Project is a 3-year project that seeks to bring people together to interpret and conserve archaeological sites and features along The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire and West Berkshire – between Ashbury and Wallingford.

Walk leader/organisation: Dan Bashford, Ridgeway National Trail

Walk information

  • Booking: Free – Booking essential – 12 places
  • Distance & approximate duration: 4 miles (6.4 km) – 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers).
  • Accessibility: Suitable for older children (12+). Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult (see useful information). Not suitable for wheelchairs or prams/pushchairs.
  • Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome.
  • Refreshments: Bring snacks and drinks as needed. There are no places to purchase refreshments on the route (see below).
  • Toilets: There are no toilets on the route (see below).
  • Meeting point: Scutchamer Knob/Cuckhamsley Hill car park – The Ridgeway, East Hendred, Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire, OX12 8QX. What3Words: baths.painter.enjoys. OS grid reference: SU 456 850. Google Maps.
  • Public transport: None available.
  • Parking: Free parking at Scutchamer Knob/Cuckhamsley Hill car park – The Ridgeway, OX12 8QX. Parking is limited, please share cars whenever possible.

For general booking information, health and safety advice, terms and conditions please see our useful information page.

Further information

There are toilets at refreshments at the Eyston Arms Pub, East Hendred, and The Harrow Pub, West Ilsley.

For more information about The Historic Ridgeway Project, see Historic Ridgeway.

This walk is brought to you by our partner:

The Ridgeway © Dan Bashford/Historic England