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Wessex Ridgeway Trail

100 km / 62 miles

The Wessex Ridgeway Trail is a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset's rural heartland. The trail offers vistas across the county and breathtaking views far beyond. The majority of the route straddles a long chalk ridge but in places is broken up by small rounded hills and secluded valleys. Each section of the trail has its own unique identity and its delights to explore.

The walking route starts at Ashmore on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, whereas the cycling and riding section starts at Tollard Royal. The route meanders across the chalk downs, climbs magnificent hillforts such as Hambledon Hill and crosses over chalk streams brimming with wildlife. Along the way you will pass many attractive villages such as Cerne Abbas and take in stunning views of the Blackmore and Marshwood Vales, before sauntering down through rolling farmland to finish in the seaside town of Lyme Regis on the dramatic Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site.


Path Type
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Challenging; Horse Ride (Multi User); Downland/Wolds
ST943177 - Tollard Royal, Ashbourne, Dorset
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SY354969 - Wootton Hill, Monkton Wyld, Lyme Regis, Dorset
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External PDF
Wessex Ridgeway (Dorset County Council - 2009)
External PDF
Wessex Ridgeway (Dorset AONB - 2009)


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Route Profile:

94.2 Km (58.5 miles)
2,190 m (7,185 ft) ascent
266 m (873 ft)  maximum height