The transfer of management responsibility to the new public/private Partnerships is clearly seen as an opportunity to reduce public funding in favour of new sources of revenue from commercial activities and donations. While this is not necessarily wrong in the long term, a sudden withdrawal of support can only cause great damage. The Friends […]
The first newsletter from the new Ridgeway Partnership is launched which includes details on a project aiming to link trail visitors with local attractions and facilities. Also featured is a new circular walk which connects The Ridgeway with The Chiltern Way. A large number of events along The Ridgeway are listed for April through […]
All the time spent and hard work put in over the last two years came to an exciting culmination on Friday, 19th June, when the new Ridgeway Partnership was formally launched. The many organisations and individuals involved in the discussions leading up to the formation of this new structure for The Ridgeway came together […]
Members gathered for the AGM held this year at The Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage, on Sunday, 26th April, in anticipation of a significant turning point in our history. Besides the expected briefing on the new Ridgeway Partnership, our long-serving Chairman, Ian Ritchie, would be standing down.
The weather had defied dire predictions and turned […]
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information from farmers, landowners and other members of the public who use the Ridgeway between Streatley and Faringdon.
To assist with the prevention of fly tipping and anti-social use of vehicles along the Ridgeway, please can you report any sightings of these incidents to police as soon as possible?
Saturday 25th April to Saturday 9th May
The Dolphin Gallery, Wantage
Open 9-5 (Closed Sundays)
Gus Mills started painting full time in the mid – 80’s and turned professional in 1986 with the aid of the infamous ‘Enterprise Allowance Scheme’. He was initially inspired to paint landscapes by visits to the Lake District and was drawn to […]
From 1st April a new organisation, The Ridgeway Partnership, will be responsible for the future management, development and promotion of The Ridgeway National Trail. This new body will involve a wide range of organisations representing users and other stakeholders alongside Natural England and the local authorities that manage The Ridgeway at present.
Ian Ritchie, Chair […]
We are very sorry to announce that our long-standing Chairman, Ian Ritchie, has decided to stand down with effect from our next AGM, after 15 years in that post.
Ian came aboard at a time when the Association was struggling to counter the increasing and devastating impact on The Ridgeway of abuse by the off-roaders, […]
The Great Stones Way website has recently been updated to include more information about the route and includes details of the recently published Cicerone Guide to walking the Great Stones Way.
To go to the website and find out more click on the image below.
Steve Davison, author of the recently published Cicerone Guide to The Great Stones Way leads the way along this brand new route meandering through the rolling Wiltshire Downs.
Click on the image below to read the entire article, published in the September 2014 issue of the Adventure Travel Magazine.
We are pleased to form part of the group now charged with taking forward new arrangements for management and enhancement of The Ridgeway National Trail. A re-organised Oxfordshire Countryside department will continue to look after the Trail and volunteer scheme through a transition period, and probably thereafter. A new Ridgeway Trail Partnership, with membership […]
Saturday 25 October 2014 – 2.30-4.40pm
Subject: The Presence of the Past: Richard Jefferies, the Middle Ridgeway and landscape change
Speaker: Prof. Patrick Dillon
Venue: Liddington Village Hall, Church Road, Liddington, Near Swindon SN4 0HB
Richard Jefferies’ lifetime spans a period of intensification in agriculture, culminating in ‘High Farming’, followed by one of depression. The ups and […]
The Great Stones Way
Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury
by Steve Davison
First guide to a new 36-mile trail through the Downs from Barbury Castle (near Swindon) to Old Sarum (near Salisbury). The official Way can be extended to start from Swindon, with detours to visit the Avebury Ring, Stonehenge and Marden Henge. This 50-mile route is described […]
There are a series of circular walks available from the National Trails website: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/plan
In the Plan Your Visit section, check the box next to “Additional Walks” and the walks available will be highlighted on the map above. Click on the walking symbols then click on the link from the text bubble to find […]
The Ridgeway Trail Partnership: The Friends of the Ridgeway AGM started with an initial open session on the current talks on a new management structure for the National Trails and for The Ridgeway. Chairman Ian Ritchie gave us a short briefing on the progress of the New Deal proposed by Natural England, and the […]