Walking Trails that cross more than one county



Wessex has numerous walking trails that cross more than one county from the longest trail in Britain to the shorter 20 mile variety. One changes country, another raises money for charity, some continue on their way out of Wessex altogether. All pass through incredible and beautiful counry, all are a shutterbug's dream. Cameras and camcorders are essential equipment!


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South West Coast Path West Cliff

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Some walking trails are for the serious hiker. Most can be broken up into sections for a day's stroll or a weekend break. All pass through interesting places that also beg for exploration. It is so easy to get distracted!

In some cases Guides are available and in others Guided walks.

Enjoy!


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South West Coastal Path

The 630 mile coast guard route of the South West Coastal Path from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset. Britain's longest Trail. Not all of it is arduous, there is some gentle walking and there are leads in for shorter walks. Scenery is stunning. A Guide is available so planning short walks is easy. This one is a beauty – something for everyone from the serious hiker to a pleasant stroll.


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The McMillan Way

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MmMillan Way
The man in the middle did the whole 290 miles!

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A walking trail that passes through Wessex on its way from Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. Any money raised from walkers and their sponsors, goes to McMillan Cancer Support. The whole trail is waymarked all the way and runs for 290 miles in total. There are branches enabling longer or different walks. A holiday, a sponsor, and donate the proceeds to the charity – really worthwhile.

McMillan Way West

A branch of the main trail. 102 miles of waymarked track from Castle Cary to Barnstaple. Another chance for a sponsored walk for charity.


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The Pilgrim's Way

This one is different – international - from Winchester to Portsmouth and by ferry across the English Channel to Mont St Michel in Normandy, France. In the footsteps of medieval pilgrims from the shrine of St Swithun to the sanctuary of St Michael. 155 miles in total including the ferry.


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Two Moors Way

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West Webburn River on Two Moors Way

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102 miles straight across the middle of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the land between. Definitely not for the novice, it needs good navigational skills and knowledge of the moors. The Trail runs from Ivybridge on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon to Lynmouth on the north coast of Somerset. There are parallel bus and train routes. Links are The Tarka Trail The South West Coast Path, Little Dart Ridge and Valley Walk, Taw/Teign link, Dartmoor Way and the Erne Valley Trail.


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The Wessex Ridgeway

137 miles of what was once part of a prehistoric route connecting the Norfolk and Devon coasts. The Wessex Ridgeway crosses both Wiltshire and Dorset, from Marlborough to the ancient stones of Avebury Circle over the downs to Lyme Regis on the coast. The route is divided into two sections, the north part runs to Ludwell on the county border and the southern one from Ludwell to the sea. Both sections can be divided up into short walks between interesting places for a day out.


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The River Parrett Trail

A 50 mile hike along the banks the River Parrett from its source in the Thorney Mills Springs near Chedington in Dorset through the Somerset Levels to its mouth in the Nature Reserve at Burnham on Sea. Comfortable walking.


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The Avon Valley Path

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View of the River Avon from the Avon Valley Path

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34 miles from Salisbury in Wiltshire through Hampshire and south to Christchurch in Dorset along the Avon River. Needless to say this route can get pretty muddy at times. Makes a good five day holiday walking a stretch each day. Or may be just one day out along the way. Wildlife, water meadows, downland, forest ponies – delightful.


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The Clarendon Way

24 miles. Starting in Salisbury near the River Avon it crosses the River Test and ends by the River Itchen in Winchester. Stroll through pretty villages set amongst water meadows and woods. Walk through the rolling countryside of the chalk downlands, their hilltops making the climb worthwhile. Watch the wildlife and if you are between April and July you may be lucky to hear the cuckoo, although rarer these days.


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Other pages that may be of interest

Walking Trails

Walking Trails in Devon

The Templer Way

Tarka Trail

Dartmoor Trails

Two Castles Way

Devon Heartland Way

East Devon Way

Footwear

Gear

Camping Gear

Backpacks

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The Wessex Ridgeway passes through this farm

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Useful Information



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These wonderful long footpaths make delightful short breaks, or days out along part of the path. Why not consider the pleasant idea of staying along the route.


Accommodation

Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!


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Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!


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Trains

Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.


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