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Using this guide
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Using this guide
This route guide has been divided according to logical start and stop points. However, these are not intended to be strict daily stages since people walk at different speeds and have different interests. The maps can be used to plan how far to walk each day. The route summaries below describe the trail between significant places and are written as if walking the path from west to east. To enable you to plan your own itinerary practical information is presented clearly on the trail maps. This includes walking times for both directions, all places to stay, camp and eat, as well as shops where you can buy supplies. Further service details are given in the text under the entry for each place.For an overview of this information see Itineraries, pp25-31.
Scale and walking times
The trail maps are to a scale of 1:20,000 (1cm = 200m; 31/8 inches =
one mile). Walking times are given along the side of each map and
the arrow shows the direction to which the time refers. Black trian-
gles indicate the points between which the times have been taken.
The time-bars are a tool and are not there to judge your walking
ability. There are so many variables that affect walking speed, from
the weather conditions to how many beers you drank the previous
evening. After the first hour or two of walking you will be able to see
how your speed relates to the timings on the maps.
Up or down?
Other than when on a track or bridleway the trail is shown as a dotted
line. An arrow across the trail indicates the slope; two arrows show
that it is steep. Note that the arrow points towards the higher part of the trail. If, for example,
you are walking from A (at 80m) to B (at 200m) and
the trail between the two is short and steep it would be shown thus: A–– –– ––
>> –– –– –– B. Reversed arrow heads indicate downward gradient.
Apart from in large towns where some selection of places has been necessary,
almost everywhere to stay that is within easy reach of the trail is marked.
Details of each place are given in the accompanying text. The number and type
of rooms is given after each entry: S = single room, T = twin room, D = double
room, F = family room sleeping at least three people; family rooms can also
often be let as a double or twin.
The text also mentions whether rooms are en suite, or have private/shared
facilities, and if a bath is available ( ) in at least one room and also whether
dogs ( ) are welcome. Most places will not take more than one dog in a room
and also accept dogs subject to prior arrangement. Some make an additional
charge while others may require a deposit which is returnable if the dog doesn’t
make a mess. See p14 and p23 for details on rates.
Other features are marked on the map only when they are pertinent to naviga-
tion. To avoid clutter, not all features are marked all the time.
- Contents list
- About the Ridgeway
- Planning your walk
- Using this guide
- Sample route guide: Foxhill to Court Hill (& Wantage)
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