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

221 km / 137 miles

Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire
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). The publication for this walk includes the Tan Hill Way (7 miles, waymarked and on OS mapping).


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)
Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)
Challenging; Horse Ride (Multi User); Downland/Wolds; Heritage
SU187685 - Marlborough, Wiltshire
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SY343921 - Lyme Regis, Dorset
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route Description - PDF
Route Description - PDF
External PDF
Wessex Ridgeway (Dorset AONB - 2009)
The Wessex Ridgeway : Recreational Path Guide (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto) - 1999)


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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Hostel Accommodation
< 1 Km
180 Km
Bunk House
3 Km
213 Km
Hostel Accommodation
1 Km
215 Km
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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