Section of the Ridgeway near Wayland’s Smithy. Image credit Moss

“BARRIERS installed along Britain’s oldest road have helped cut poaching and hare-coursing, according to police.

Oxfordshire County Council installed the temporary barriers between Hill Road, Lewknor and Hill Road, Watlington, on the Ridegway National Trail. And they have already seen results with a drop in crime. The blocks were fitted in April to stop poachers, harecoursers and deer stalkers in cars accessing the track, known as the Icknield Way, and to stop thieves driving to isolated farm buildings.

“The pre-historic Ridgeway track runs from Avebury, Wiltshire, to Ivinghoe near Dunstable, across South Oxfordshire.”

More here – http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/8356258.Barriers_keep_crime_off_the_Ridgeway/

See also – https://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/avebury-is-not-dudley/