Recently installed signs now help to connect the pretty village of Bishopstone near Swindon with The Ridgeway National Trail. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can follow signs all the way into the village or to the Trail.
This is the result of work by The Ridgeway Partnership and many volunteers who have surveyed the area’s paths and liaised with local tourism businesses and visitor attractions. Ian Ritchie, Chair of The Ridgeway Partnership, said “Every year, thousands of people enjoy using The Ridgeway and don’t realise what is on offer just off the Trail. The new signs give people confidence to explore the area and draw them to local pubs, shops and visitor attractions.”
This project was made possible by a grant from the North Wessex Downs AONB. Rose Somerset, Communications Officer for the North Wessex Downs said, “It’s good to see such a clear connection being made between The Ridgeway Trail and the village of Bishopstone. We hope it will encourage more walkers to explore the village and vice versa. We look forward to seeing more of these links to connect local communities and the landscape.”
On 24 November many of those who had been involved gathered at The Royal Oak pub to celebrate the first of many planned link routes for settlements along The Ridgeway. Signs are planned in the next few months for Compton (West Berkshire), Ogbourne St George (Wiltshire) and Wantage (Oxfordshire).
Photo : From right to left front row: MP Robert Buckland, Sarah Wright (Ridgeway Officer), Rosemary Boot (Cheney Thatch B&B), Andy Greenhalgh (Bishopstone Parish Council), John Cuthbertson (Disabled Ramblers). From right to left back row: Mike Fox (Ridgeway Partnership), Ian Ritchie (Ridgeway Partnership), Anthony Burdall (Friends of The Ridgeway), Reverend Bill O’Connell and