Bill Bailey’s Ridgeway Ramble

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | July 14, 2015 0


Madcap Troubadour, Comedian and ace guitarist Bill Bailey who can give U2 a run for their money on the guitar is walking the ancient Saxon road the Ridgeway starting to raise funds for Cancer Research. Bill is starting from Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns to Avebury in the ancient Saxon kingdom of Wessex.  Today he was doing a practice walk from Ivinghoe Beacon to Wendover near to where The Eagle Nests when not in Skibbereen. So ancient is the Ridgeway that nobody is actually sure how old it is other than it is Prehistoric but it is reckoned to be the oldest road still extant.

The Ridgeway National Trail a walking route in a surprisingly remote part of southern central England. It travels in a northeasterly direction for 87 miles (139 Km) from its start in the World Heritage Site of Avebury. As Britain’s oldest road The Ridgeway still follows the same route over the high ground used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers. West of the River Thames, The Ridgeway is a broad track passing through the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) BillChil2and is often quite a distance from villages or towns. BillChil

Here you’ll experience wide, open views of rolling chalk downland and find many archaeological monuments close to the Trail including Stone Age long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and the figures of white horses cut into the chalk. East of the Thames, The Ridgeway travels through the more-wooded and intimate hills and valleys of the Chilterns AONB where, as well as further archaeological treasures, there are several nature reserves rich in the wildlife found in chalk grassland habitats. In the Chilterns, The Ridgeway goes close to or through several villages and small towns where refreshments and other facilities are easily available.


In Bill’s own words he describes today’s reconnaissance:

“Views from my Ridgeway walk today with Mr Lock. From Ivinghoe Beacon we set out for Wendover, and almost immediately got lost in a wood, but this meant we were treated to the most magical sight today, of male fallow deer leaping a fence. After a couple of sarnies sitting on a log near Wigginton, we managed to get lost again in another wood but somehow emerged near a chip shop. Then some fine Adnam’s Ghost Ale in the Red Lion. If you’re near the Ridgeway next week gis a wave ‪#‎BillsRidgewayRamble

On July 20th I shall begin a 6 day walk across 87 miles of Britain with the aim of raising as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

I’ve chosen Cancer Research  as my charity to support as, like most people in the world, I have lost loved ones as a result of the disease and would like to contribute in some way to the efforts towards finding a cure. If you would like to sponsor me, I would be much obliged.”


Bill Bailey

ridgeway_overviewThanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Good luck to Bill and click on the above link to help him raise £10,000 for this worthy cause.


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