Ramsbury Walks

Ramsbury’s Ancient Rights of Way are a Jewel in Wiltshire’s Crown

Wiltshire is jam packed with public rights of way.  Unlike in some counties such as Devon, many of Wiltshire’s historic tracks have not been adopted as modern highways and so are generally safe and pleasant for non-motor traffic.

In England & Wales, rights of way can be:ramsbury-rights-of-way

– Footpaths: for pedestrian traffic only, although bicycles can usually be wheeled and horses can be led

– Bridleways: as for footpaths and also for use by cyclists or horse-riders – and sometime includes a right to drive animals! NB cyclists must give way to other users.

– Byways: as for bridleways and also for use by non- mechanically-propelled vehicles e.g. horse-drawn carriages.  Byways come in three classes: Byways Open to All Traffic – BOATs, Roads Used as Public Paths – RUPPs, and Restricted Byways – RBs.  There are technical differences between the three, and some byways include a right to drive motor vehicles.

As befits its historic importance, Ramsbury sits at the centre of a network of ancient rights of way which connect it to neighbouring towns and villages.  These make for interesting and scenic longer walks, while there are also plenty of shorter “circular” routes in and around the village.

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Ramsbury Walks

A Horse and a Smithy

White Horse, Pubs, Views! A Horse and a Smithy  – 3-5 miles/4-8 km – 1-2 hours – OS Explorer 170 – Vale of White Horse Uffington’s famous White Horse needs

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I Love Ohio

I❤ Ohio 4 miles / 1½-2 hours OS Explorer 157 (Marlborough/Savernake) During World War 2, Ramsbury and surrounding villages were home to the Screaming Eagles, the US 101st Airborne Division whose Easy Company in particular have become immortalised as the

Murder Most Local

It’s a Murder Most Local 5 miles/2 hours – OS Explorer 158 Newbury & Hungerford In December 1876, two policemen on night patrol outside Hungerford surprised a gang of poachers at Folly Cross.  During the ensuing scuffle, Inspector Joseph Drewett

Local Ramsbury Walks

Keeping it local Many rights of way take full advantage of our beautiful outstanding natural beauty landscape and surroundings and are a great way of getting out into the countryside. However, there are a number of rather more mundane walking routes

Spring Hill

Spring Hill a View to Remember Another great view over the Kennet Valley – indeed, perhaps the best view of all – is looking north from Spring Hill over to Ramsbury. Spring Hill is named for the springs of water

Kennet Valley Walk

The High Road to the Kennet Valley On a sunny autumn afternoon, the views north across the Kennet from the scarp slopes to the south are spectacular. For a good vantage point, take Bridleway #48 from the Manor, out past

Sound Bottom Walk

School Drove / Sound Bottom (Ramsbury Bridleway #8A/Byway #35)   Until well into the 18th century, Sound Bottom provided the main coaching route west from London – presumably a better bet than the marshy Kennet Valley to the south. Even

The Best Seven Bridges

Seven Bridges Walk (Ramsbury #30) and Littlecote House Seven Bridges – circular 45 min (2mi) Seven Bridges and onto Littlecote 1 hour (2.5mi) This pretty and well-used footpath connects King’s Ditch (R#18B) with the C6 Hungerford Road out of Ramsbury and forms

A Hike to Membury Fort

Membury Fort Hike   Starting near Balak Farm, head up the byway (R#37 Ballyack) beside the farmhouse. Past a barn turn right over a stile, and head downhill (footpath R#25A) keeping north first of the hedge and then of the

Take In Marridge Hill

Lipyatt / Marridge Hill (Ramsbury Footpaths #21 and #32)   This path originally linked Ramsbury with the hamlet of Marridge Hill and perhaps also with Lambourn, over the downs.   Just where Crowood Lane leaves Ramsbury, a signpost by a

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