Location: Southern/Central England.
Length: 85 miles (136 km).
Average number of days to complete: 6 for walkers.
Users: 100% for walkers; the whole of the western half (50% of the Trail) is available for cyclists and horse riders too.
Highest point: Uffington Castle 261m (857ft).
Start point: Overton Hill, 3km(2miles) from Avebury.
Finish point: Ivinghoe Beacon, 2km (1.25 miles) from Ivinghoe north of Tring.
Landscape: The western half is a broad ancient track along the edge of open rolling chalk downland. In the east it is a narrower path through more intimate woods and valleys. 100% within two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlights: Avebury World Heritage Site; Iron Age Forts and historic chalk hill features along the whole length; beech woodlands in the Chiltern Hills with carpets of bluebells in Spring; extensive views of rolling downs and the Thames Valley; chalkland flowers, butterflies and birds.
Famous Associations: King Alfred, Saxon King born at Wantage; 20th century poet laureate John Betjeman; Marianne Faithfull, George Michael; Prime Ministers at Chequers.
Trail Officers favourite part: Uffington Castle to Letcombe Bassett - grew up there, so perhaps biased, but wonderful history and views. Swyncombe, a secret place in the Chilterns.
Nearest towns: From west to east: Marlborough - 6.5km (4 miles) east of start of Trail, Wantage - 3 km (2 miles) to the north, Goring on the Thames on the Trail, Wallingford - 1.5 km (1 mile) to the north, Princes Risborough and Wendover are on the Trail, Tring - 2km (1.25 miles) to the west.
Access: To western end: London is 50 minutes away from Swindon by train from Paddington station and Swindon is 1 hour from Bristol. Buses go to Avebury from Swindon (30 minutes). To mid point: Goring is 60 minutes by Train from London. To eastern end: Tring is 40 minutes from London Euston by train and is on the Trail 7km/4.5miles from the eastern end).
Information available: National Trail Guide by Neil Curtis Aurum Press ISBN 1-85410-268-0; Public Transport leaflet, Guide to facilities and accommodation, Circular route packs and merchandise available from National Trail Officer. Online information available for accommodation and wide range of facilities and services coordinated by National Trail Manager. Contact for all information and advice: Jos Joslin, Cultural Services, Holton, Oxford, OX33 1QQ.
Telephone: 00 44 (0) 1865 810224.
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For more information contact:
South West Tourism - 0871 572 2521
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