Walking the Marlborough Downs
The Marlborough Downs and the Ridgeway Path provide some of the best rambling opportunities in the country!
Use the Parklands Hotel as your base for exploring this beautiful and historic area.
Guests can take advantage of
- Our special Packed Lunch
- Luggage collection from Ridgeway
- People collection from Ridgeway
- Our local knowledge, ideas and maps
- Drying room and boot storage
Here is some information on 2 of the Ridgeway Path sections either side of Ogbourne St George:
1 Ridgeway Path from Overton Hill to Ogbourne St George
This is the largest monument of its kind in Britain, and possibly in the world. It dates from about 4000 years ago during the late Stone Age.
This Iron Age hill fort commands the head of the valley of the River Og which provided one of the main approaches into Wessex from the north. From here you can see Liddington Castle, the second hill fort encountered in this section, on the opposite side of the valley to the northeast performing the same role.
Hill forts which The Ridgeway passes west of the Thames are: Barbury Castle, Liddington Castle, Uffington Castle, and Segsbury Camp. East of the Thames they are: Pulpit Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon.
2 Ridgeway Path from Ogbourne St George to Sparsholt Firs
This delightful late 17th century house has been described by Pevsner as the ‘perfect dolls house’. It was built by the 1st Earl Craven on this isolated site for Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, the sister of King Charles I, to escape to from plague-ridden London.
Standing in a clump of beech trees just 50m north of The Ridgeway, Wayland’s Smithy is a fine example of a New Stone Age long barrow built over 5000 years ago as a burial chamber. It is probably a thousand years older than the oldest parts of Stonehenge.
This is the oldest and most famous of the hill figures carved into the chalk hills over which The Ridgeway runs. Debate about the age of this elegant figure has continued for years with dates ranging from the Bronze Age to Saxon times.