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Woolstone to Letcombe Regis/Wantage

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Keep on the trail to Letcombe Regis/Wantage - This route avoids you walking along the very busy A338 road at the end of walk.

15.1 km
3:30 h
88 m
208 m

If leaving from Woolstone retrace your steps back to the Ridgeway trail (or if you have time take a detour and visit White Horse Hill). After rejoining the path follow the trail until you reach the left turn off for Segbury castle towards Letcombe Regis. Walk down the hill into the village of Letcombe Regis and then onward to Wantage if your overnight is situated there.


PLEASE NOTE:  The  official "Ridgeway" guidebook suggests walking along the A338 if you are staying overnight in Wantage - The A338 is a very busy road with some blind bends and their is no footpath for the first 1.5 miles. We strongly advise you take our route past the Segbury castle into Letcombe Regis then onward through country roads and bridleways if you are staying in Wantage. User
Iain Douglas
Updated: August 21, 2019

Highest point
257 m
Lowest point
92 m

Safety information

We strongly advise against walking along the A338 and use this suggested route.

Tips, hints and links

If you have time we recommend taking a detour to climb up the White Horse Hill before heading back to the trail - for more info visit: 


Detailed Description if staying overnight in Wantage for the suggested route:

As you turn left off the Ridgeway at Segsbury Castle walk down the hill into the village of Letcombe Regis. At the crossroads keep the church on your left and turn directly right onto Main Street and walk along past the Greyhound pub and follow the road as it bears right. A Short walk after passing through a residential area the road will bear left and you will see a sign post with various directions on it – cross the road and follow the blue trail sign marked “Wantage”. From here you will leave the residential area onto a distinct trail that will bring you out to Willow Lane – from Willow Lane walk past the leisure centre and down the hill then turn left onto the paved section of the A338 (Newbury Street). From here you simply follow Newbury Street till it turns left into the distinct market square of Wantage where you should be able to see the statue of King Alfred.






Ridgeway Path at the turn off to Woolstone (211 m)
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Letcombe Regis/King Alfred statue in Wantage town centre.

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation and guidebook. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day. 


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