Long Distance Footpath in The South of England?

Q. Good evening, how are you doing?

I'm Noortje from Holland and I have a question to you.

This summer I go visit a friend in London. After this visit I would like to go walking in the South of England. I will walk alone so I search for a long distance path which is a bit popular by the public.

Last year I walked the West Highland Way, I saw every day a lot of people (to much in my opinion, but when I'm alone I like it to meet some people on my way).

My question to you is if you know a long distance path where you can walk alone as a women safely. I hope I can advise me.

Hope to hear from you,

Greetings Noortje Schuddebeurs


A. I agree - The RidgeWay is a great walk (see answer below). Along its route are Iron Age hill forts, hill figures, prehistoric monuments etc

I live near the Ridgeway, and when I have a couple of hours spare, I love to park my car atop Hackpen Hill in Wiltshire and walk to Barbury Castle (cafe and toilets!!!) or Avebury in the opposite direction (a world heritage site, also with cafe and toilets!!).

Much of the Ridgeway is (as you might guess) along a high ridge, with far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

Janet Georgiou, Wootton Bassett


A. The RidgeWay is a nice walk 85 miles long.

Mark Killala, Leeds

NB. The Ridgeway is a 137km (85 miles) footpath connecting Overton in Wiltshire to Ivanhoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. It is waymarked with a National Trail Acorn.

Mike (Editor)


A. The South Downs Way is a popular National Trail that crosses the South Downs connecting Winchester in Hampshire with Eastbourne in East Sussex. It is 162km (101 miles) long and signed with a National Trail Acorn.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


A. Not sure what date you wrote question but I'll write one anyway. Jan 2011. The Wessex Ridgeway is 136 miles from Marlborough Wiltshire to Lyme Regis in Dorset. I'm doing the whole route this summer. You dont have to do it all but recommend the Dorset section, ending at Lyme.

Paul Allen, Devizes, Wiltshire


A. We have been informed (June 2010) that the cafe at Barbury Castle on the Ridgeway no longer exists.

Mike (Editor)


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