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Name & kingfisher logoStour Valley Way (Dorset)

97 km / 60 miles

Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Wiltshire
This newly developed route follows the course of the River Stour as it winds through the Dorset countryside. The older Green Fields publication describes one route from Christchurch to the source of the river in Wiltshire. The newer Green Fields publication will describe the revised route. The waymarked Wareham Forest Way, which is included on OS mapping, connects at Sturminster Marshall and provides a 12-mile route to Wareham. The waymarked Ferndown, Stour and Forest Trail (10 miles circular and also included on OS mapping) links with the Way near to West Parley. The waymarked Castleman Trailway (16 miles and on OS mapping) goes between Ringwood and Upton Park and crosses the Way at Wimborne Minster.


Path Type
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Waymark: Name & kingfisher logo
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Easy; River
SZ182912 - Hengistbury Head, Christchurch, Dorset
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ST777340 - Stourhead, Wiltshire
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4 Km
7 Km
Birchcroft  (bookable online)
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19 Km
Walkers are Welcome
1 Km
85 Km

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Route Profile:

96.5 Km (60.0 miles)
1,231 m (4,039 ft) ascent
216 m (709 ft)  maximum height