Public Transport for The Ridgeway
One of the joys of walking The Ridgeway is the relative remoteness and the absence of motorised vehicles, like cars and buses. Ironically, that can also be a blessed nuisance when you need to get to or from one of the surrounding towns. On this page, we're listing the public transport we're aware of. If you know of any more, please let us know.
If there is no suitable bus service, please try one of the local taxi firms.
Please note: Most of the following links are to timetables on other sites which might be slow to load, or change without us noticing. Links to timetables are being updated as we find new ones. If you do find any broken links, or out-of-date timetables, we'll be grateful for the feedback.
Avebury and Overton Hill:
Route 42 bus
runs a few times a day (Monday-Saturday) past Avebury (Red Lion) to & from Marlborough.
Route 42 map
For the timetable, check Travel Line South West
Service number = 42
Operator = Thamedown
Stagecoach service 80 from Swindon to Ludgershall, connecting in Marlborough, route 80 (April 2017 timetable) from Swindon or Marlborough (Monday to Saturday). Ask for the bus stop at the Marlborough end of the village, we are about 50 yards (or 50 metres) from the stop. Stagecoach live updates Evening services are run by Thamedown Buses as the Routes 70a and 72a
The Salisbury Reds (was Wilts and Dorset) route X5 from Swindon or Pewsey. This route stops on the village by-pass, and does not come through the village itself. From the bus stop on the A346, it is a five minute walk.
Stonehenge - The X5 bus is the best option for public transport to Stonehenge, getting off the bus between Durrington and Amesbury, and then walking two miles along the A303 to Stonehenge. Please note: as far as we know this service does not run on Sundays (as of August 2017). We're not sure about the Henge Hopper either (Avebury-Stonehenge shuttle service). It's timetable doesn't seem to have been updated since 2011. If anyone knows anything, please let us know?
From Marlborough, there is a connecting bus to Bedwyn railway station for trains to London.
Bishopstone and Ashbury:
These villages are on the Swindon - Lambourne - Newbury route 47. The bus to Swindon goes roughly every two hours, Monday to Saturday. Please note: no service on Sunday.
From Uffington Castle and the White Horse, the best bet for public transport on a Monday to Saturday is the bus from Ashbury to Swindon. i.e. walk the 4Km (2.5 miles) back down into Ashbury and wait for the bus by the Rose & Crown pub.
Sparsholt Firs, Letcombe Bassett and eastwards:
The two B&Bs at Sparsholt Firs (Hill Barn and Down Barn Farm) are on the uplands away from villages. The most regular buses are from Wantage, which is an extra 6Km's walk. Wantage area bus routes map
Bus routes running north-south
The West Berkshire District-wide Travel Guide has a lot of useful information.
Route 107 - Weavaway Travel (Wantage to Newbury) crosses the path at the junction with the B4494 on its way through Farnborough (2Km south). Saturdays only.
Route 6 - Newbury and District (East Ilsely to Newbury) crosses at Bury Down on the hilltop north of West Ilsley.
Bus routes running east-west
The X47 Ridgeway Explorer would be an ideal bus service for people walking the Ridgeway between Bishopstone and Wantage. Update Aug 2017: It looks like this service has been axed. The Thamedown Transport X47 timetable has disappeared, and we can't find any other timetable more recent than 2013.
If you're waiting for a bus in Wantage in the Market Place, the King Alfred's Head (Bar and Bistro) is a nice place to wait. They will (by arrangment) accept bags for people who are walking the Ridgeway, if you stop there for lunch.
Goring and Streatley : At Goring, beside the Thames, trains connect to Swindon, Didcot or Reading railway stations.
At the far end, at Ivinghoe Beacon, there is a local bus to Dunstable. http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/951353/ridgewaylink.pdf