This walk takes us into the world of renowned local artist Anna Dillon and aerial landscape photographer Hedley Thorne – the historic landscape of North Wessex Downs is the inspiration for much of their work

This is a walk of billowy downs, sweeping coombs and awesome panoramic views. We start out along the Ridgeway National Trail from Streatley (Rectory Road). Historic downland tracks and paths lead us up onto the downs to explore Lowbury Hill before returning via Starveall and Streatley Warren. The chalk hills here are adorned with wildflowers and butterflies, and home to hares, skylarks, yellowhammers and curlew.  Along the way we take time to discover this rich landscape steeped in history from the prehistoric Ridgeway, a Roman Temple, a Saxon Battle and a mediaeval rabbit warren!

Walk Leader/organisation: Philippa Sanders, Pipsticks Walks

Walk Information

  • Booking: £16  – booking essential – 12 places
  • Distance & approximate duration: 6.5 miles – approx 4.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Fairly strenuous
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchairs. Suitable for older children. Paths and tracks rough or rutted in places and can be muddy.  The open downland can be exposed to weather (sun, wind, rain). Total ascent 700ft / 215m
  • Dogs: Sorry, no dogs

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

  • Meeting point:  The Ridgeway carpark by Post Box Cottage, Rectory Rd, Streatley, RG8 9QG What3 Words: lights.mops.invoices
  • Public Transport: Approx. 1.7 miles from Goring station. A lift may be possible, please contact
  • Parking: Park in the Ridgeway carpark
  • Nearby Refreshments: None on the route. Please bring your own food and drink and we will have a picnic break mid walk.
  • Closest Toilets: No toilets on route. Public toilets at Wheel Orchard car park in Goring.

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The Ridgeway_Streatley Warren - credit Pipsticks Walks