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We start our walk along the Ridgeway (Britain’s oldest road), passing the Lord Wantage Monument and soaking up the views. Our ramblings then take us off through the downs along Old Street to reach the sleepy village of Farnborough, the highest village in Berkshire! Here we take time to explore All Saints Church and marvel at the beautiful stained-glass window, designed by John Piper in memory of the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman (past resident and church warden). This is a good spot for our picnic break; after which, an ancient green lane leads us back up to Lattin Down and the Ridgeway.

Along our way we can expect stunning panoramic views, wildflowers, and butterflies. We will also discover how this ancient downland landscape has captured the imagination of many writers and poets, including Hardy and Betjeman.

We follow well-defined paths and tracks, which may be uneven, rough or muddy in part. The route is undulating with three gentle climbs and a total ascent/descent of approx. 550ft. No stiles.

Please dress appropriately for a walk in the countryside and having regard to the British weather – be aware that much of the route is exposed! A small rucksack is useful for personal items such as water, picnic, spare clothing, suncream, etc. We advise walkers to carry personal first aid. Dogs on leads are welcome (livestock may be present).

Walk leader/organisation: Philippa Sanders, Pipsticks Walks

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Please note this walk is NOT suitable for children and the ticket price is £12

Walk information

  • Booking: £12 per person – Booking essential – 10 places
  • Distance & approximate duration: 8 miles (14 km) – 5.75 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (long/challenging walk for fit/experienced walkers).
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for children. Not suitable for wheelchairs or prams/pushchairs. Steps/stiles on the route.
  • Dogs: Dogs on leads welcome.
  • Refreshments: Bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks as needed. There are no refreshments on the route (see below). 
  • Toilets: There are no toilets on the route (see below).
  • Meeting point: The Ridgeway – B4494 (Chainhill Road, Wantage) crossing; nearest postcode: OX12 8PA. What3Words: point.reference.promises. OS grid reference: SU 418 841. Google Maps.
  • Public transport: None available.
  • Parking: Free public parking at the Ridgeway – B4494 (Chainhill Road) crossing, OX12 8PA.

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

Further information

There are refreshments and toilets (cafés, pubs, shops) in Wantage centre, approx. 3 miles from the meeting point.

For more information about The Ridgeway, see National Trails.

Your guide on this walk will be Philippa (from Pipsticks Walks), an experienced, qualified, outdoor leader who is passionate about the Downs and helping you to explore more. Philippa shares her wealth of knowledge about local flora, fauna, landscape and heritage to give you a unique and rewarding outdoor experience. Find out more at  Pipsticks Walks.

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Walking the Ridgeway © Jacky Akam