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Ridgeway Path     Part 3

Route from the River Thames to Ivinghoe Beacon


Start: Overton Hill, A4  Wiltshire

Finish: Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire

Length:  87 miles (139 km)

Above image is of Goring Bridge , where the Ridgeway Path crosses the River Thames.


Start: SU118680  Map Multimap   Aerial photo

End:   SP959168  Map Multimap   Aerial Photo

shown in red on the map, the blue line is the Thames Path.


This route guide is in 3 parts:-

  • Part 1 - Introduction and Basic Information

  • Part 2 - Route from Overton Hill to the River Thames

  • Part 3 - Route from the River Thames to Ivinghoe Beacon

Part 3 - The River Thames to Ivinghoe Beacon

There are many ancient trackways converging on Goring as there is a point that the River Thames was able to be forded, today you cannot ford the Thames as the water level is kept higher to allow boats to go up to just beyond Lechlade, using weirs to maintain the water levels and locks to pass the boats through. The Thames Path another National Trail,  crosses at this point. It is shown on the map at the top of this page, in blue.

The traditional extension to the Ridgeway was up the Icknield Way to the beacon, The Ridgeway path does not follow this, but uses a number of paths and other features that allow you to see more items while on the journey.

Grims Ditch, thought to have been an ancient boundary marking, has been running near the Ridgeway, and to the north in many sections along the path we have taken. In most cases it is just below to the north, and accessible in many places. We mentioned before one access point near Scutchamber Knob, however the Ridgeway Path now runs in Grims Ditch for a number of miles in a straight section.


Location: Grims Ditch, nr Nuffield, Oxfordshire

Grid Reference: SU642874 Ceremonial County: Oxfordshire
Map Link: Multimap Aerial photo: Google

Location Guide:

Link: Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

Watlington White Mark is a triangular mark cut out of the turf to expose the white chalk beneath on the hills south of Watlington. It is said have been created by Edward Horne, the vicar of Watlington, in 1764, who was  ashamed of his spire-less church. By cutting this shape in the hills, when he looked from his upstairs vicarage window over the church, towards the Chilterns, the tower by all appearances was topped by a spire.

Location: Watlington White Mark, Watlington, Oxfordshire

Grid Reference: SU700938 Ceremonial County: Oxfordshire
Map Link: Multimap Aerial photo: Multimap   Google

Location Guide:


The path passes Tring Park and crosses the Grand Union Canal before also passing Bledlow Cross, another hillside marking in chalk.

Location: Bledlow Cross, nr Chinnor, Oxfordshire

Grid Reference: SP769009 Ceremonial County: Oxfordshire
Map Link: Multimap Aerial photo:

Location Guide:


Whiteleaf Cross  - another chalk mark.

Location: Whiteleaf Cross, nr Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire

Grid Reference: SP821038 Ceremonial County: Buckinghamshire
Map Link: Multimap Aerial photo: Multimap

Location Guide:


Passing through Chequers (watched by close circuit TV).
Near Wendover, Combe Hill has a memorial to Boer War casualties. Unveiled in 1904, this has been hit by lightening several times and nearly destroyed. It was restored in 1939, but then had to be camouflaged in the second world war so that enemy pilots could not navigate by it.  It contains a long list of people remembered, you can get this list and more on each person mentioned and more information from www.roll-of-honour.org/Buckinghamshire/CoombeHillBoerWar.html

Pitstone Windmill is not on the Ridgeway Path but is not far away.


Location: Pitstone Windmill, nr Ivinghoe, Bucks

Grid Reference: SP945157 Ceremonial County:
Map Link: Multimap Aerial photo:
Google Aerial Photo

Location Guide:
Pitstone Windmill


The end of the path is at the Ivinghoe Beacon,  providing good views across the countryside and view of the hillside feature at Whipsnade, which is a lion cut into the chalk hillside. Although the end of the path its not quite the end of your walk as you have to walk back down off the beacon.

Location: Ivinghoe Beacon, nr Ivinghoe Aston, Buckinghamshire

Grid Reference: SP959168 Ceremonial County: Buckinghamshire
Map Link: Ordnance Survey Multimap Aerial photo: Multimap

Location Guide:

Links: Wikipedia


View of Whipsnade White Lion (hillside marking)
from Ivinghoe Beacon 

Photo By Helena

Beacon Hill on the right, if you click on the image and see the larger version, you can see the white line of the Ridgeway Path going to the Beacon.

Photo by Geoff Harris   

Return to Part 1

Further Information

Nature Reserves on or near the Ridgeway Path 

National Trails http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/


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