Great Wessex Way

A long distance walk of 165 miles, which as the name suggests, pays tribute to Wessex, the 'Kingdom of the West Saxons'. Beginning in Salisbury and ending in Lyme Regis, the walk visits many of the historic counties most celebrated and revered places. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Salisbury
Distance: 165 miles (266 km)
Grid Ref: SU142295
Climbing: 7,040 metres
Walk time: 70-82 hours
Days: 10-14

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Great Wessex Way is a long distance walking route which explores the traditional, fabled and beautiful area which was historically titled 'Kingdom of the West Saxons'. Places visits along the Great Wessex Way include The city of Salisbury and its cathedral, Bockerley Dyke, Pentridge Hill, The Roman Road of Ackling Dyke, Cranborne, Farnham village, Tollard Royal, Win Green, Shaftesbury and Gold Hill, Fontmell and Melbury Downs, Ashmore, Hambledon and Hod Hills, Milton Abbas, Bere Regis, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Worth Matravers, Swyre Head, Kimmeridge Bay, Tyneham, Lulworth, Lulworth Cove, Portland, the Hardy Monument, Little Bredy, Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport, Golden Cap and Lyme Regis. The way links and/ or has stretches of the walk shared with other walking routes along its way including The Hardy Way, The Wessex Heights Walk, The Wessex Ridgeway, The Jubilee Trail, The Stour Valley Way, The Wareham Forest Way, The Purbeck Way, The South West Coast Path, The South Dorset Ridgeway, The Monarch’s Way and The Macmillan Way.

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