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Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)Wessex Ridgeway

Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire

221 km / 137 miles
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 Green 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.

At Marlborough, the route links to the start of waymarked Wansdyke Path.

The route descriptions supplied by Tim Lewis, see below, refer only to the Wessex Ridgeway in Wiltshire.


Waymark: Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Wessex wyvern on named green discs (Dorset only)
Attributes: Challenging
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start: SU187685 - Marlborough, Wiltshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SY343921 - Lyme Regis, Dorset View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Dorset Council - Wessex Ridgeway Avebury and the Ridgeway North Wessex Downs AONB Visit Dorset - Wessex Ridgeway British Walks - Wessex Ridgeway [blog] Wessex Ridgeway [YouTube video] Jackie McAll - Wessex Ridgeway [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook The Wessex Ridgeway : Recreational Path Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 1999 )
Route Description - PDF Wessex Ridgeway in Wiltshire: North to South  (Tim Lewis  - Dec 2020 ) Download File
Route Description - PDF Wessex Ridgeway in Wiltshire South to North  (Tim Lewis  - Dec 2020 ) Download File


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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 173, 183, 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Landranger Active 173, 183, 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Explorer 116, 117, 118, 129, 130, 143, 156, 157
OS Explorer Active 116, 117, 118, 129, 130, 143, 156, 157

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Route Profile:

220.7 km (137.1 miles)
4,885 m (16,027 ft) ascent
268 m (879 ft)  maximum height

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