Latest News: Read more

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: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start: ST943177 - Tollard Royal, Ashbourne, Dorset View on StreetMap
Finish: SY354969 - Wootton Hill, Monkton Wyld, Lyme Regis, Dorset View on StreetMap
Web Sites: British Walks - Wessex Ridgeway [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Dorset Council - Wessex Ridgeway trail guide  (Dorset Council  - 2009 ) Download


You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a path or a marker for more info.(interactive map help)

Show Connected Path Outlines
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Other Paths
Anytime Challenges

Show Accommodation
Hostel Accommodation

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 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Landranger Active 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Explorer 116, 117, 118, 129
OS Explorer Active 116, 117, 118, 129

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation
< 1 km
71 km
Hostel Accommodation
2 km
100 km

Connected Paths:


Reminder: Material downloaded from this website is for personal use only. Commercial use, reproduction, modification of all content is strictly prohibited without prior approval by the LDWA. Please Contact Us if you have any requests.

Route Profile:

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

This website uses cookies

To comply with EU Directives we are informing you that our website uses cookies for services such as memberships and Google Analytics.

Your data is completely safe and we do not record any personally identifiable information.

Please click the button to acknowledge and approve our use of cookies during your visit.

Learn more about the Cookie Law