Rules - Terms and Conditions
CLOSING DATE – See Entry Forms page (deadline
will be strictly adhered to, with no entries being accepted after
the closing date).
THE START for walkers is at any time between
08.00 and 08.30 from Overton Hill. Anyone planning to run the whole
route and expects to complete it in a fast time should start at
- Runners starting at 08.30 needing shelter can remain on the
coach that will park at Overton Hill
- Check cards will be issued in advance to entrants using the
coach from Streatley and will be available on the morning of the
walk at Overton Hill for those travelling there independently
- Route map downloadable from this website. See
- CERTIFICATES WILL BE AWARDED to all entrants who complete
CERTIFICATES WILL BE AWARDED to all entrants who
complete the walk and must be collected at the finish.
CARE & SAFETY - Please take great care when crossing or walking
along roads. (Note: Most of the route in Wiltshire and the track
between CP 5 and Streatley are classed as byways open to all traffic
so you may encounter cars and motorbikes along these sections. The
route crosses some of the highest land in the area so it is very
exposed in those stretches. Wind and rainproof clothing should be
carried in case of bad weather. If it is sunny, you may wish to
consider using a high factor sun tan cream, especially on your right
hand side, and it is always advisable to make sure that you are not
EVERYONE taking part in this event does so at
their own risk. Please ensure that you are equipped adequately for
such a long trek. Please keep to the designated paths.
ROUTE FINDING is the responsibility of the
entrant, using the route map in conjunction with the relevant OS
LIMIT OF ENTRIES is 400 persons.
ENTRY FEE – See our
STREATLEY YOUTH HOSTEL – The Ridgeway 40 Walk
Association have block booked Streatley Youth Hostel for the event
period so bookings must be made through the Entries Secretary.
Please see Accommodation page for special arrangements regarding
RIDGEWAY20 EVENT – The Ridgeway 20 event is run
by a different organiser. Please use the email address on the
contacts page if you wish to enter or need any information about
Terms and Conditions of Entry
- The Ridgeway 40 is open to any person over 18 on the day. An
entry form must be completed by each entrant and submitted with
the appropriate fee
Those under 18 but over 14 may enter if accompanied by a parent
or legal guardian or by an adult authorised by a parental
consent letter. Please hand the consent letter to the start
marshal at Overton Hill. No letter no start. If the accompanying
adult retires the minor must also retire.
- A condition of entry is that you are in good health and have
no medical condition that may cause undue concern or
inconvenience to others. You accept that you participate at your
own risk and that no liability is accepted by the organisers for
injury, damage or loss sustained by you before, during or after
- All entrants must wear or carry appropriate clothing,
waterproofs and footwear for an event of this nature.
- All entrants must carry maps LR173 and LR174 or suitable
alternative, plus mug and drinking water.
- Any sections through private farmland must be strictly
adhered to. Dogs must be on leads at all times and have public
- Please observe the Country Code especially with reference to
closing gates appropriately.
- Cancellation of an entry on or before closing date will have
the fee and any coach fare refunded less £3.00. Otherwise, entry
fees and coach bookings are forfeit.
- Retirement: If you are retiring, you must hand your check
card to a marshal at a checkpoint. If it is not possible for you
to reach a marshal, you must hand your check card to another
person to hand in, or telephone the emergency phone number shown
on your check card.
- CHECKPOINT CLOSING TIMES: At any time in the walk, marshals
have the right to retire anybody who is going so slowly that
they will miss CP closing times. Walkers arriving later than
the check points official closing time will be automatically
retired, see the Check Point Information on our
Map Page for specific information
regarding Check Point opening and closing times:
- These cut off times are for your safety and the safety
of marshals, drivers and support services, who are all
- There will be transport at checkpoints to take retired
walkers to Streatley if they wish. Depending on
circumstances there may be a wait.
- It is each entrant's responsibility to be recorded
appropriately at all checkpoints.
6th May 2017
Entries are now open
Memories of Past Events
Participant being 'checked-in' at the start of the 2010 event
and Arthur Goulding checking the participant at Barbury Castle (CP1)
Bellwood at CP2 (9.5 mile point)
assisting with drinks and general support
the results at cp3
Food being handed out at cp4 to participant wanting creamy rice.