Walks, routes & maps on The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dorset in Walk Grade Order
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Walk do114 Stinsford and Hardy's Cottage from Higher Bockhampton, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Higher Bockhampton, Stinsford, Lower Bockhampton, Kingston Maurward, Duddle Heath, Bhompston Heath, Puddleton Heath, Hardy's Cottage (Thomas Hardy's Birthplace), Thorncombe Wood, Higher Bockhampton.

Length: 7.5km (4.75 miles) | Ascent: 152m (499ft) | Allow at least: 2.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do139 Athelhampton from Tolpuddle, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Tolpuddle, Southover Heath, Clyff Copse, Tincleton Hang, Cowpound Wood, Athelhamton, Park Farm, Tolpuddle.

Length: 8.5km (5.25 miles) | Ascent: 98m (322ft) | Allow at least: 2.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do142 St Aldhelm's Head (St Alban's Head) from Worth Matravers, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Worth Matravers, The South West Coast Path, Emmetts Hill, St Aldhelm's (St Alban's) Head, St Aldhelm's Chapel, National Coastwatch Station St Alban's Head, West Man, Winspit, Winspit Bottom, Worth Matravers.

Length: 7.5km (4.75 miles) | Ascent: 230m (754ft) | Allow at least: 2.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do118 Abbotsbury Castle and Chesil Beach from West Bexington, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - West Bexington, Tulks Hill, Abbotsbury Castle (Iron Age Fort), The South West Coast Path, Chesil Beach, West Bexington.

Length: 7.5km (4.75 miles) | Ascent: 247m (811ft) | Allow at least: 2.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do110 Melbury Osmond and Melbury Park from Evershot, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Evershot, Paradise Wood, Evershot Plantation, Banger's Moor, Sares Wood, Lucerne Lake, Melbury Park, The Macmillan Way, Melbury Osmond, Lower Barton, Melbury House, Evershot.

Length: 8km (5 miles) | Ascent: 170m (558ft) | Allow at least: 2.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do133 Hardy's Cottage and Puddletown Forest from Higher Bockhampton, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Higher Bockhampton, Thorncombe Wood, Hardy's Cottage (Thomas Hardy's Birthplace), Bhompston Heath, Duddle Heath, Castle Hill, Beacon Corner, Beacon Hill, Puddletown Forest, Hardy's Cottage (Thomas Hardy's Birthplace), Higher Bockhampton.

Length: 8km (5 miles) | Ascent: 171m (561ft) | Allow at least: 2.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do103 Eggardon Hill from Askerwell, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Askerwell, Eggardon Hill (Iron Age Fort), Haydon Down, Askerwell.

Length: 9km (5.5 miles) | Ascent: 192m (630ft) | Allow at least: 2.75hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do108 Stinsford, Puddletown Forest and Hardy's Cottage from Higher Bockhampton, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Higher Bockhampton, Stinsford, Lower Bockhampton, Kingston Maurward, River Frome, Duddle Heath, Castle Hill, Beacon Corner, Beacon Hill, Puddletown Forest, Hardy's Cottage (Thomas Hardy's Birthplace), Higher Bockhampton.

Length: 11.5km (7.25 miles) | Ascent: 196m (643ft) | Allow at least: 3.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Easy


Walk do101 Swyre Head and The Jurassic Coast from Durdle Door, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Durdle Door Car Park, Daggers Gate, The Warren, Chaldon Down, The South West Coast Path, West Bottom, Middle Bottom, Bat's Hole, Bat's Head, The Jurassic Coast, Swyre Head, Scratchy Bottom, Durdle Door, Durdle Door Car Park.

Length: 8.5km (5.25 miles) | Ascent: 376m (1234ft) | Allow at least: 3.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do111 Abbotsbury Castle and Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Abbotsbury, The Macmillan Way, Abbotsbury Plain, The South Dorset Ridgeway, Abbotsbury Castle (Iron Age Fort), Tulks Hill, Labour In Vain Farm, East Bexington Farm, The South West Coast Path, Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury.

Length: 10km (6.25 miles) | Ascent: 303m (994ft) | Allow at least: 3.25hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do122 Black Down (Hardy Monument) via Great Hill from Martinstown (or Winterbourne St Martin), The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Martinstown (or Winterborne St Martin), Grove Hill Bottom, Great Hill, South Dorset Ridgeway, Corton Down, Bronkham Hill, Jubilee Trail, Blackdown, Smitten Corner, Black Down (Hardy Monument), Bronkham Hill, Pen Barn Farm, Grove Hill Bottom, Martinstown (or Winterborne St Martin).

Length: 11km (7 miles) | Ascent: 316m (1037ft) | Allow at least: 3.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do105 Black Down (Hardy Monument) via Corton Down from Martinstown (or Winterbourne St Martin), The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Martinstown (or Winterborne St Martin), Four Barrows Farm, Great Hill, South Dorset Ridgeway, Corton Down, Bronkham Hill, Jubilee Trail, Blackdown, Smitten Corner, Black Down (Hardy Monument), East Rew Farm, Rew Manor, Martinstown (or Winterboune St Martin).

Length: 11.5km (7.25 miles) | Ascent: 258m (847ft) | Allow at least: 3.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do128 Littlebredy from Abbotsbury, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Abbotsbury, The Macmillan Way, Abbotsbury Plains, Borad Coppice, Gorwell Farm, Kingstone Russel Stone Circle, Tenants Hill, Littlebredy, Topparts Dairy, The South Dorset Ridgeway, White Hill (Abbotsbury), Abbotsbury.

Length: 11.5km (7.25 miles) | Ascent: 353m (1158ft) | Allow at least: 3.75hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do141 Abbotsbury Castle, West Bexington and Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Abbotsbury, The Macmillan Way, Abbotsbury Plain, The South Dorset Ridgeway, Abbotsbury Castle (Iron Age Fort), Tulks Hill, West Bexington, The South West Coast Path, Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury.

Length: 13km (8.25 miles) | Ascent: 326m (1070ft) | Allow at least: 4hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do126 Ringstead Bay, Durdle Door and The Jurassic Coast from Lulworth Cove, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth, Durdle Door Caravan Park, Newlands Farm, Daggers Gate, The Warren, Chaldon Down, Ringstead Bay, The Jurassic Coast, The South West Coast Path, White Nothe, Whitenothe Cottage, West Bottom, Middle Bottom, Bats Hole, Bats Head, Swyre Head, Scrtachy Bottom, Durdle Door, St Oswald's Bay, Hambury Tout, Dungy Head, Stair Hole,.

Length: 14.5km (9 miles) | Ascent: 363m (1191ft) | Allow at least: 4.5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


Walk do115 Corfe Castle and Houns Tout Cliffs from Worth Matravers, The Wessex Downs

Route Summary: - Worth Matravers, Swanworth Quarry, The Purbeck Way, Coomb Bottom, Corfe Common, Corfe Castle, Corfe Common, Kingston, Houns-tout-Cliffs, The South West Coast Path, North Hill, West Hill, Renscombe Farm, Worth Matravers.

Length: 15km (9.5 miles) | Ascent: 423m (1388ft) | Allow at least: 5hrs | Grade:Walk Grades Explanation and Help Moderate


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