Route Overview

The route of the Dorset 100 is available to view.

The route is basically anti-clockwise starting and finishing at Broadwey, which is next to Upwey station and is served by regular trains from Bristol and London.

The anti-clockwise circular route passes through some of the finest inland countryside in Dorset and much of it is inside the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route visits places of historical and archaeological interest such as Moreton (passing the cemetery where Lawrence of Arabia is buried), Tolpuddle, Milton Abbas, Up Cerne, Evershot, Beaminster, Netherbury, Eggardon Hill, Long Bredy and Portesham. The route goes over the highest point in Dorset, Lewesdon Hill, and also over Pilsdon Pen, the next highest point. Many of the places visited, such as Beaminster, Milton Abbas, and Evershot, are referenced in Thomas Hardy's novels.

The route includes sections of several long-distance trails including the Wessex Ridgeway, the Jubilee Trail, and the South Dorset Ridgeway.  It passes the Kingston Russell Stone Circle, a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age circle of 18 fallen stones. Look at some photos of places passed by the route.

The pictures below are a snapshot of the route and checkpoints, and an elevation plan of the route. Note the relatively flat start to the route and the lumpy section between 25 and 65 miles.

For more detail go to the Route Viewer, Route Description, GPX file, and Checkpoint pages. There is a summary of the leg distances, ascent, and checkpoint opening times here.