221 km / 137 miles
Devon, Dorset, Wilts
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).
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