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Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)Wessex Ridgeway

Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire

221 km / 137 miles
One of the links in a prehistoric route, often called the Greater Ridgeway, from The Wash to the South Devon Coast, this route basically extends the Ridgeway National Trail to the south-west. Passed on the way, through Wiltshire, are the stone circles at Avebury (a World Heritage Site jointly with Stonehenge - see website), the Vale of Pewsey, the northern edge of Salisbury Plain, the Wylye Valley and Win Greene Hill. In Dorset Cranbourne Chase, Cerne Abbas with the 180ft high Cerne Giant and Pilsden Pen are visited before a short route through Devon leads to the finish in Dorset.

The Wessex Ridgeway Project (see website) is a 5-year community based, sustainable countryside recreation project co-ordinated by Dorset Countryside Ranger Service to improve the route in Dorset.

At Marlborough a five-mile link leads to the waymarked Wansdyke Path (14 miles and on OS mapping).


Waymark: Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)
Attributes: Challenging
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start: SU187685 - Marlborough, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SY343921 - Lyme Regis, Dorset View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Dorset For You - Wessex Ridgeway Avebury and the Ridgeway North Wessex Downs AONB Visit Dorset - Wessex Ridgeway British Walks - Wessex Ridgeway Wessex Ridgeway (Youtube)

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route Description - PDF Wessex Ridgeway in Wiltshire : South to North  (Tim Lewis  - April 2018 ) Download File
Route Description - PDF Wessex Ridgeway in Wiltshire : North to South  (Tim Lewis  - April 2018 ) Download File
Guidebook The Wessex Ridgeway : Recreational Path Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 1999 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 173, 183, 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Landranger Active 173, 183, 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Explorer 116, 117, 118, 129, 130, 143, 156, 157
OS Explorer Active 116, 117, 118, 129, 130, 143, 156, 157

Walking Support Providers:

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Baggage Handling, Guided and Self-Guided Walks (White Horse Walking Holidays)
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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation
< 1 km
180 km
Bunk House
3 km
213 km
Hostel Accommodation
1 km
215 km
B & B Accommodation
Hix Townhouse  (bookable online)
< 1 km
221 km

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Route Profile:

220.7 km (137.1 miles)
4,885 m (16,027 ft) ascent
268 m (879 ft)  maximum height

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