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Great Wessex Way - Bridport to Sherborne Link


60 km / 37 miles
This alternative to a coastal Lyme Regis finish of the Great Wessex Way provides a 3 day route from Bridport into the little walked West Dorset countryside. This is the Far From The Madding Crowd country of Thomas Hardy with literary associations never far away with such places as Beaminster and Evershot. The route crosses the highest point in Dorset before finishing at the Abbey in Sherborne, one of the county's most picturesque towns.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Start: SY465929 - Bridport, Dorset View on StreetMap
Finish: ST638166 - Sherborne, Dorset View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2015

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Looseleaf Great Wessex Way route description  (Frank Masterman  - 2015 )
Leaflet Great Wessex Way leaflet  (Frank Masterman  - 2015 )
Other Great Wessex Way route cards  (Frank Masterman  - 2015 )


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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:
OS Landranger 183, 193, 194
OS Landranger Active 183, 193, 194
OS Explorer 15, 116, 117, 129
OS Explorer Active 15, 116, 117, 129

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Route Profile:

59.2 km (36.8 miles)
1,312 m (4,304 ft) ascent
270 m (886 ft)  maximum height

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