The Ridgeway40 Walk

40 miles on foot in one day

About the Walk and General Information

THE ROUTE: 40 miles across the chalk downs between Overton Hill (Grid Ref (GR): SU119681) on the A4 approximately four and a half miles west of Marlborough (Wilts) and Goring Village Hall (Berks) (GR: SU598807). Apart from a slight variation between Barbury Castle and Whitefield Hill, the route follows the ancient track known as the Ridgeway and way-marked as the Ridgeway. Ordnance Survey maps 173 and 174 (1:50,000 series) cover the walk.

THE OBJECT: is to complete the 40 mile route on foot in one go. The walk is not a race although entrants in the walk can run if they wish.

CHECK-CARDS: If you are travelling on the coach from Streatley you will receive your checkcard by post. You must then register with the coach marshal once on the coach while travelling for Streatley to Overton Hill. You can start the walk as soon as you leave the coach. If travelling independently to the start, then you will need to collect your card from the marshal at Overton Hill BEFORE you commence the walk.

AT THE FINISH:
The finish this year will be at the Goring Village Hall (SU598807). Post Code RG8 9AG.

CHECKPOINT INFORMATION AND MAPS
: Checkpoint information, the route map and Streatley street map can all be downloaded from our MAP page. Harvey’s Ridgeway National Trail map, which is waterproof, also covers the route in strip map form. From 2014 we have removed the checkpoints, CP1 at Barbury Castle and the and also CP7 at Bury Down.

EVERY ENTRANT Every entrant should carry a plastic mug, drinking water bottle or similar.

YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE WITH YOU: some food and drink, maps, torch, compass, first aid kit, a high factor sun tan cream, appropriate footwear and protective clothing (NB the Ridgeway is very exposed and it can get very cold if it rains and / or is windy so please ensure that you have suitable attire). Also ensure that you carry with you suitable coinage for a payphone, unless you have a mobile phone with credit and a charged battery.

FACILITIES AND REFRESHMENTS
: There are public toilets at Barbury Castle (half way between the start and CP1), from hence there are no toilets, shops or places to eat on the route. However, it is planned to have mobile toilets at two or more locations. There are water points at 17 miles (Idstone Barn, GR 264835, about a mile beyond Ridgeway Farm) and a few hundred yards before CP4 (23 miles). Although you are advised to carry food and drink with you, the entry fee includes light refreshments at most CPs; tea may be provided at one CP and water and squash at all other CPs except the start. Tea and cake will be available at the finish.

INJURY OR LOSS: participation is entirely at the entrant's risk

CERTIFICATES, RESULTS, BADGES AND AWARDS
: Individual certificates will be awarded to all those who complete the walk. The results and walk report will be available for download from this website as soon as practical after the walk. Badges will be on sale for £2 each at the finish and there are various other badges and awards for walkers who have successfully completed more than one Ridgeway Walk. These must be collected at the finish and before you leave as they will not be sent to you.

TRANSPORT
: A coach will leave Streatley YH for the start at 06.45am. The cost of a seat is listed on the Entry Form. If you need a seat, please book by the deadline shown on the entry form (deadline will be strictly adhered to). Early application is advisable as a sudden rush of bookings near the deadline may mean that we cannot hire coaches with enough capacity to provide seats for all who want them. Anyone failing to secure a seat will have to make their own way to the start.

PARKING
: None at the Goring Village Hall but there are public car parks within a mile and in nearby streets. A map of the area showing the location of parking, etc is available for download, see our MAP page for more information. Please do not park in any pub car park unless you have the landlord's permission. Wherever you park, please observe the Highway Code and do not park in front of driveways or opposite other parked vehicles.

ACCOMMODATION
: Ridgeway walkers, whether or not they are members of the YHA, can stay overnight at Streatley YH. See accommodation for further details of youth hostel details and charges. Early booking is advisable as the hostel has only 48 beds, some of which have to be reserved for marshals

POST WALK MEAL
: A meal can be provided by the Streatley YH and is a good way to sit, unwind, relax and discuss your adventure with friends and family. Complete the Streatley YHA Accommodation Packed Lunches / Evening Meal request form if you wish to have food provided. To book a place please contact Ron Cutler.
Next event
6th May 2017
Entries are now open

Memories of Past Events

cp1-1Two friends having a great day out (photo Dave Dare)

 

cp1-2Some people chose to run the walk! (photo Dave Dare).

 

cp7-1Still smiling at at the 32 mile point (cp7). (photo Dave Dare).

 

cp7-1What a beautiful day for a quiet stroll.(photo Dave Dare)