This National Trail is described by the Countryside Agency as Britain’s oldest road. One-quarter of its length is footpath, but there are nearby routes that riders can use in these places.
Over half the route is byway or RUPP, meaning that this is also a good route for horse-drawn vehicles. 85 miles (137km) long, much of it following the ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man, The Ridgeway offers the chance to get away from the bustle of life in this busy part of England.
Perfect, but not too strenuous, for long-distance use, this Trail is also ideal for day trips or less. At its eastern end, the Ridgeway joins Midshires Way and the Icknield Way. From 26 Sep 03, the Three Downs Link joins the Ridgeway to the South Downs Way.