Engagingly written — all the guides from this stable are first class
by: Nick Hill
Thank you to the readers who sent in the following updates including: Trevor & Joan Lipscombe, Bob Crockford, Thomas Hope, Keith Rogers and Jonathan Billings, Nigel Kemp, Nigel Black
The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.
Updates for 3rd edition
p100 Map 9. There are bus stops for the 46/48 called Foxhill Turn close to GPS#016, so it is not necessary to walk down to Liddington to catch the bus or walk up from Liddington.
p137 Map 28. There are bus stops for the X39/X40 called CABI on the A4130 about 150 yards from GPS#052 so it is not necessary to walk into Crowmarsh Gifford or to Wallingford, or to walk back again from Wallingford.
p97 and Map 6. Foxlynch campsite as from May 2016 is closed. One reader suggests it is better to wild camp on Smeathes Ridge late in the day then walk through Southend and back onto the Ridgeway,
p109 and Map 13. Uffington White Horse. To see the White Horse cross White Horse Hill to the trig point and go downhill. Uffington White Horse is not signposted here. Go down to Britchcombe Farm. Good camp site with water and good showers/toilets.
p146: The B&B 4 Bradley Rd in Nuffield has closed.
p11, GPS section. There is good coverage along all the route so smart phones can be used. Google and Viewranger (free app) can provide locations – a useful check while walking using the guidebook.
7 November 2014
p74 Avebury. No 6 Beckhampton Road B&B has closed. An alternative is the Beckhampton B&B, Isobel Cottage,Beckhampton, Near Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1QJ. tel: 01672 539534. A reader stayed there and reported even though it's on A4 it was quiet. No meals but 15% off at the pub opposite. Can do packed lunch. Good alternative starting point for walk along Beckhampton Ave to Avebury.
p104 Map 11. The bridleway to Bishopston down the coombe is a great approach to the village according to a reader and superb examples of field systems and he was lucky enough to have 6 kites flying low overhead beautifully lit by late afternoon sun.
p114 Letcombe Regis. The Greyhound is closed and says it will reopen in 2015 but check.
p131 Streatley. The Bull is closed and says it will reopen in 2015 but check.
19 May 2014
Map 27. The path crosses a farmer's field just north of the railway bridge to the north of Goring, just before Little Stoke House. This can have cows and calves and sometimes a bull which can make the situation uncomfortable for walkers so some walkers have recommended walking inland to reach a FP and detour around.
Map 43. The left turn in Barn Wood above Wendover can be obscured by the numerous forestry working tracks and lack of signpost. Be careful to check this turning.
Map 48. Coming down off Ivinghoe Beacon, if staying at Town Farm, there is a FP not shown in the book which avoids having to use the (dangerous) road - it goes approx SW from the crossing with the lane (Beacon Road) and then turns 90 degrees to go NW to the farm. From the farm entrance there is also a pavement all the way into the village, so potentially anyone wanting to go to the village and avoid the dangerous road could find this helpful as well. For those camping at the farm, the owner allows people to take a short cut over the fields into the village.
11 July 2013
p 118. Wantage. Regis Guest House. Rooms are 3D/2T, all en-suite, and rates are £75-90 and £60-65 single occupancy. No jacuzzi.
27 June 2013
Page 90, Map 2. New 'Berwick Bassett Dewpond' with interpretation panel to left of track and N of side path to left at 'Kink in path here'.
Page 95, Map 6. Tap at Elm Tree Cottage working and marked 'Drinking Water'.
Page 98, Map 7. ' Very rutted and very muddy' section is now a very good stony track.
Page 99, Map 8. 'Great walking along here' no longer applies. Grassy bit has been ploughed up leaving a fairly narrow grassy and rutted section.
Page 111, Map 14. : 'Water tap not working April 2011' - Now a new trough and tap with a plaque reading 'Tap placed here in memory of Peter Wren, age 14'.
Page 145, Map 30. The Crown pub is open for drinks and food, but has a 'For Sale' sign up.
Page 167, Map 42. Track up to farm deserves an uphill arrow - steeper than many earlier ones thus marked!
Page 170, Map 43. 'Can be very muddy' section now a good all weather track.
Page 171, Map 44. Ditch section before Hengrove Cottage merits a double arrow as it is a steep climb.
Page 181, Map 48. Climb at Steps Hill merits a single arrow at least.
p 100. Liddington. Meadowbank House is a new Bed and Breakfast in the village of Liddington, half a mile from The Ridgeway, specifically geared up for walkers with drying facilites,evening meals, luggage transport to next destination etc. Meadowbank House, Medbourne Lane, Lddington, Wiltshire SN4 0EY. Tel: 01793 791401 www.meadowbankhouse.com
p112 Sparsholt Firs. Hill Barn B&B, Sparsholt Firs, Wantage, Oxon OX12 9XB. Tel: 01235 751236