Overview

Middle Ridgeway Book

The Ridgeway is one of the most popular recreational walks in southern England and has been called the oldest road in the kingdom. We concentrate on the middle stretch, from Avebury via White Horse Hill to the Goring Gap, in order to examine both landscape and natural history in depth.

We make the case that the high chalk along the Ridgeway forms a long, narrow ‘island’ that is as undeveloped as can be found in the south country. This gives the area a coherence that is further brought out by our specially prepared illustrations. The adjacent Vale of White Horse is also discussed because it was farmed historically in conjunction with the sheep pasture of the downs.