OS Wallpaper Download: September 2022 - Ridgeway, Near Wantage, Oxfordshire by Graham Smeddle
The Ridgeway is an ancient track thought to be Britain's oldest road. From Avebury, it follows a ridge of chalk hills for 87 miles (139 Km) to Ivinghoe Beacon northwest of London. Evidence of it's use dates back 5000 years.
Ridgeway routes were common in ancient times. It's thought the clear sightlines provided protection from bandits, and they also tended to be easier to travel, lifting the route out of surrounding low lying areas that were prone to flooding. The importance of the trail can be seen in the remains of iron-age forts you will find along it's length, as well as cultural artefacts like the Uffington White Horse and the stone circle at Avebury.
Today the trail is one of Britains' National Trails. This photo was taken by Graham Smeddle on a walk in August 2022.
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