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The Ridgeway
Max Landsberg  
15 March 2015
UK price £11.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 182g

The Ridgeway


Max Landsberg

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"It's a pleasure to read, and it will see you safely along the path" - Compass Sport magazine

The Ridgeway is a National Trail that runs for 87 miles (139 km) across England’s beautiful North Wessex Downs and on through the Chilterns. Starting close to Avebury’s huge stone circle, the trail heads north-east to Ivinghoe Beacon, about 35 miles (56 km) north-west of London. The ridge that it follows has been a traveller’s route since time immemorial, and the chalk downlands offer firm footing with wide open views.

The trail visits prehistoric hill forts, burial mounds and chalk-white horses, passing through and near to villages with welcoming and charming pubs and B&Bs. Completing The Ridgeway will take you back in time and bring you closer to nature.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy The Ridgeway on foot or on a bicycle:

  • details of each section showing distance, altitude profile and food/drink stops
  • clear directions for cyclists, who may ride large sections of the Ridgeway
  • includes a 5-page guide to Avebury and its prehistory
  • background on history, landscapes and wildlife
  • planning information for travel by bus, train and car
  • drop-down map of The Ridgeway in five panels (1:110,000)
  • in full colour, with 80 photographs
  • on rainproof paper throughout.
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Excerpt from Planning
2.4 Avebury
3.2 Ogbourne St George to Sparsholt Firs
  • Perch & Pike pub, South Stoke, The Ridgeway

    © Max Landsberg

  • Goring Lock, from The Ridgeway

    © Jacquetta Megarry

  • Over the Vale of Aylesbury from Coombe Hill, The Ridgeway

    © Max Landsberg

  • Grim's Ditch, carpeted with bluebells, on The Ridgeway

    © A Friend of The Ridgeway

  • Thatched cottage, Hallam, from The Ridgeway

    © Jacquetta Megarry

Perch & Pike pub, South Stoke, The Ridgeway

© Max Landsberg


From a review in Scottish Mountaineer (MCofS)

The guide opens in a logical manner with a nice preamble and clever, easy-to-use tables of differing distances and number of days by which the route can be walked. …

With its flipover notepad format it is difficult to lose the place, ideal on a multi-day walk. In addition the waterproof map is unobscured and available for use at all times while using other sections of the book. This is another clever plus for this walking guide format.

I like the excellent directions given throughout the guide … I especially like the way readers are informed of the stunning monuments along the route of an area packed full of fascinating history and prehistory. Well done, Max Landsberg.

Do I like it? Yes, immensely. So much so I will seek out other long distance path guides produced by the same publisher.

David Johnstone, SM Spring 2016 page 81

From CompassSport Vol 36 February 2015

The book is well written and attractively presented. It is aimed mainly at walkers who start at Avebury and take a week to walk the whole path north-east to Ivinghoe Beacon. It also contains some useful information for cyclists, who are permitted on the whole of the first half but very little of the second, and will help runners and day-trippers too.

The early part contains some sound advice on planning a trip, correctly highlighting the dearth of accommodation, mobile signal and water on the western part of the route. As well as details about distances, geology, wildlife, public transport and signposting there’s a five-page section on Avebury, the natural place to start, which will inspire the reader to spend some time exploring the huge stone circle and other linked attractions such as Silbury Hill.

The main body of the walk is described in a series of bullet points, giving suitably brief written directions. …” Photographs abound; the author notes overgrown signs; and places where it’s easy to go wrong are flagged with a ‘warning’ icon. I spotted just one inaccuracy, and one out-of-date reference (a pub that’s now closed, but may reopen); within a couple of days of my pointing this out, the publisher had updated the ‘Ridgeway links’ page on giving a link to the local parish website and suggesting that readers consult it for the latest status of The Crown.

The pages are rain-resistant (tested!) and the glossy card of the fold-out map is robust. The map itself is 1:110,000 and shows roads, settlements, points of interest and the lie of the land, using coloured shading by elevation. …

This is a good and attractive book, it’s a pleasure to read, and it will see you safely along the Path. But as many CompassSport readers will share my fascination with maps, they may also share my frustration that the The Ridgeway doesn’t contain more.

Reviewed by Roger Thetford on page 31

Reviewed by Roly Smith in Outdoor Focus

… the latest addition to Rucksack Readers’ portfolio of practical weatherproof long distance walk guides.

Walking the Ridgeway brings you into contact with many strands of Britain’s history… in the author’s words the walker enjoys ‘unparalleled glimpses of our prehistory … Even by global standards, The Ridgeway is special’.

Outdoor Focus Winter 2014-15 p13

Extract from the Newsletter of the Friends of The Ridgeway

Having read the new book and used it on one section of the trail, I believe it is a very worthy addition to my collection of guides and a strong contender for the one I would take with me the next time I walk the whole 87 miles …

One area this book scores for me is the excellent background information on the landscape, geology, history and flora and fauna. There is a balance to be struck between giving the reader enough information to be able to interpret and enjoy their walk and giving too much, when the book becomes heavy and cumbersome to use. This guide gets it right. It has a particularly good section on Avebury.

The notes on walking (or cycling) each section are clear and detailed, perhaps more detailed than is really necessary for anyone familiar with walking long distance trails. … However, amongst the instructions are helpful comments about the sights along the way and these should make the journey a much richer experience …

The size of the book (14.5 x 22 cm) makes it too big to fit into some of the pockets in my walking gear, but it does fit the map pocket of my anorak. And finally – it’s waterproof!

Reviewed by Ian Ritiche, Chairman of the Friends of The Ridgeway

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GPX route file

The Crown pub mentioned as a possible lunch stop on page 47, bullet 6, has closed.

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