The Ridgeway National Trail Day Two


Memorial of Lord Wantage on The Ridgeway, Oxfordshire 

Rising early on day two, the fog had rolled in, it swirled around the trees in the woods, shadows danced in the eerie mist playfully playing hide and seek.

With everything packed away and the first coffee of the day consumed it was time to leave the misty shadows and continue on the journey.

The track climbed gentle towards Uffington Castle but I passed by it in the mist, on the grass verge a lone tent was pitch i would meet the occupant later that day. Water was getting low i knew that a water tap was ahead but first i had a climb up towards Hill Barn it was only a short climb, but im sure the misty shadows in the woods had added some boulders to my Burgen ?

Out off the mist the water tap emerged ………

The problem was it was broken…….oh dear , i walk a little further and stumble across a sheep water trough so out came the filter kit and my water was replenished i just hope these filtration systems work?

With all my water bottles filled i continued, the mist had started to clear and the chap’s tent i had walked past near Uffington Castle earlier had caught me up and passed me whilst i had stopped for a coffee, we exchanged hearty Good Mornings and i follow him for a few miles until he stopped for his breakfast. We parted at the A338 Wantage road wishing each other goodluck.

Passing White house farm I took a 10 min break and then pushed on to Lord Wantage Monument.

Brigadier GeneralRobert James Loyd-Lindsay, 1st Baron Wantage, VC, KCB, VD (17 April 1832 – 10 June 1901) was a British soldier, politician, philanthropist, benefactor to Wantage, and first chairman and co-founder of the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War (later the British Red Cross Society), for which he crucially obtained the patronage of Queen Victoria.

Lindsay fought as a captain in the Scots (Fusilier) Guards during the Crimean War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 20 September 1854 at the Battle of the Alma and 5 November at the Battle of Inkerman. The London Gazette described his actions as follows:

When the formation of the line of the Regiment was disordered at Alma, Captain Lindsay stood firm with the Colours, and by his example and energy, greatly tended to restore order. At Inkerman, at a most trying moment, he, with a few men, charged a party of Russians, driving them back, and running one through the body himself.[

Plodding on ,the sun had finally appeared over head and another warm February day was with me, approaching the busy A34 looking north Didcot Power Station appeared

A hazy Didcot Power Station

Sweeping down to the A34 underpass.

From here was the big push for Goring and Streatley , passing a memorial to Hugh Frederick Grosvenor.

The going was good to firm passing through rolling hillside time was ticking by and i wanted to reach Goring just before dark to find a camping area by the Thames.

Arriving at Goring by Tea time had been a hard slog, finding somewhere to camp was the next task and wow this place was dripping with money the heart of fortress Tories. They are not going to want some working class peasant camping on the 20 acre estate.

It was getting late and dark I continued following the Thames north towards South Stoke, passing under the Moulsford Railway Bridge just beyond in the corner of a field away from the main track camp was set up,

I prepared dinner had a cheeky wine and watched the endless trains trundle passed on the GWR main line….Not as busy as Westbury Joe.

Day Two came to an end it was a great walk, weather was perfect. Day Three would be an interesting day for the wrong reasons………