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Ridgeway North to South Part 2 Wantage to Avebury Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameRidgeway North to South Part 2 Wantage to Avebury
Distance : miles (km)43.04  (69.27)
Posted ByI Ginger
Calories Burned kcal
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationOrmond Rd, Wantage
End LocationA4, Avebury
Cycle Steps
Coming from Wantage and heading towards our next stop, Ogbourne St George, this section is fairly easy, not too hilly, apart from a couple of parts, we had to join the tarmac as we passed by the M4, and then up a very steep hill and over to Ogbourne, were we stayed at the Cock pub, great food, great room and also has a well in the bar!! Carrying on the next day up to Barbury Castle, all up hill!, but once past this it is all downhill and fairly rutted all the way. What a journey, so good I walked it two years later, might do it again soon.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
White Horse, Weyland Smithy (6000 yrs old)

Near By Cycle Shops
Ridgeway Cycles
Your comments?
posted by:theroyaleRating : difficult :
The trail itself is fantastic, great off-roader providing a mix of terrains underfoot that keep changing: grass, dust, gravel, a mix of all the above!

It is mostly flat on the ridge, providing for some nice confidence-boosting stretches.

Having said that I didn't find this section of the Ridgeway the prettiest route to cycle on. It passes through some quite busy urbanised countryside, there is often the din of vehicle noise in the distance and on one stretch a view of large industrial chimneys looms for miles.

I halted overnight at Sparsholt staying at the Star Inn which was a nice pub with rooms in the back, and in the morning had the privilege of seeing the White Horse (not to be missed!) and Wayland's Smithy an ancient burial site; both are only 50 metres off the trail so no detour at all to see them.

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