Wessex Ridgeway Trail

The Wessex Ridgway Trail is a 136 mile route from Marlborough, Wiltshire, to  Lyme Regis in Dorset. The route follows the path set by the Great Ridgeway, once an important trade link and ancient highway.

It is a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset’s rural heartland. 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 (click on the link for details –  Wessex Ridgeway).


In the Beaminster area, the trail comes in from the east from Rampisham Down to Toller Whelme and on to Mintern’s Hill, coinciding with the perimeter of the Beaminster Ramblers Millennium Walks. It descends through Meerhay and into Beaminster Sqare via Fleet Street. It leaves the Square via Church Street and Shorts Lane. It travels west towards Gerrards Hill, Lewesdon Hill and Pilsdon Pen.

The Wessex Ridgeway has both way marks and signs. The signs are of walks or bridleways and are unique in having upward-curving arrow points.