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Name & kingfisher logoStour Valley Way (Dorset)

Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Wiltshire

97 km / 60 miles
This route follows the course of the River Stour as it winds through the Dorset countryside. The older Green Fields publication describes one route from Christchurch to the source of the river in Wiltshire. The newer Green Fields publication will describe the revised route. The waymarked Wareham Forest Way, which is included on OS mapping, connects at Sturminster Marshall and provides a 12-mile route to Wareham. The waymarked Ferndown, Stour and Forest Trail (10 miles circular and also included on OS mapping) links with the Way near to West Parley. The waymarked Castleman Trailway (16 miles and on OS mapping) goes between Ringwood and Upton Park and crosses the Way at Wimborne Minster.


Waymark: Name & kingfisher logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Name & kingfisher logo
Attributes: Easy
Start: SZ182912 - Hengistbury Head, Christchurch, Dorset View on StreetMap
Finish: ST777340 - Stourhead, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Walking the Stour Valley Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook New Stour Valley Path : the complete route from Christchurch to Stourhead  (Green Fields Books  - 1997 )
Guidebook Original Stour Valley Path : with complete guide to the Stour Valley Way  (Green Fields Books  - 2003 )


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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 (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 183, 194, 195
OS Landranger Active 183, 194, 195
OS Explorer 22, 117, 118, 129, 142
OS Explorer Active 22, 117, 118, 129, 142

Walking Support Providers:

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Guided Walking Holidays (Footpath Holidays)
Support Providers
Walking, Hiking and Cycling Holidays (Let's Go Walking! Ltd)

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

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4 km
7 km
Walkers are Welcome
1 km
85 km

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Route Profile:

96.5 km (60.0 miles)
1,231 m (4,039 ft) ascent
216 m (709 ft)  maximum height

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