4th April to 10th April 2013
Wake up sleepyhead, there's a Ridgeway to walk!
87 miles to go
Jurgen and Susanne are up and ready . . .
while I'm just hanging around
Off we go!
Three barrows, ancient burial sites
England's oldest road, the Ridgeway, stretches out before us
All that remains of Barbury Castle is the fosse
Climbing out of Ogbourne St George on the second day
Then gently along
A fine tree
Trig point at Liddington Castle with view over Swindon
Picture postcard Ashbury, a bit too Midsomer Murders for my liking!
Wayland's Smithy, a Neolithic long barrow
Classic Ridgeway view
Horses gallop alongside Uffington Castle
This grassy hump is where St George allegedly slew the dragon!
Eye of the famous white horse
Full depiction of the white horse
Onward we go!
The Baron Wantage monument, so now you know!
A rare boggy bit
Streatley Warren . . .
with its picturesque village
We stayed at the renowned Swan at Streatley . . .
easy on the eye, hard on the wallet
The Ginnels of Goring
South Stoke - anybody seen Inspector Barnaby?
A stroll along The Thames - Wind in the Willows Country
Old GWR bridge still in use
Delightful path on Grim's Ditch
Jurgen looking for a game of golf
A well maintained field path
Lambs - the only real sign of Spring
Brollies out on the rare occasion it rained
The Chiltern half of the Ridgeway is more wooded . . .
and runs concurrently with the Icknield Way
Trig point on Cadsen
Whiteleaf Cross, not easy to make out at ground level
A distant view of Chequers ,the Prime Minister's summer residence, hidden in trees
Boer War memorial . . .
with a hazy view over the plain below
Descending to Wendover . . .
where we stayed in the Red Lion
Idyllic Wendover . . .
with its mere
Any sign of Spring?
Well waymarked track
First view of Ivinghoe Beacon where the walk finishes
Still a long way to go!
The final climb
We made it!