Hardy's Wessex Example: ‘Cathedral to Minster’

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-A 66 mile exploration of some of the best scenery of the Wiltshire/Dorset border and Cranborne Chase. In this example you stay for 7 nts with 6 walking days.

-Your starting point is the ancient city of Salisbury, with it’s convenient public transport links. Allow yourself time to take in the sights, or why not stay an extra day and take the opportunity to view the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge - just a short bus ride away.

-Walking distances of 10-14 miles per day.

-Accommodation is a mixture of luxury B&Bs and top quality inns.All handpicked for their quality.

-Prices from £540pp – inclusive of bed and breakfast, luggage transfer, OS waterproof map, compass, our waterproof route cards with local information, emergency contact, luggage labels, and other useful advice for your holiday.


ITINERARY:

-DAY 1: A 10 mile walk starting from Salisbury’s magnificent cathedral, where you will have time to see the glory of this building, with it’s ancient clock and copy of the Magna Carta. You then leave the city over the Water Meadows made so famous by Constable’s painting. You pass through a delightful village and onto the ridge, where you will have far reaching views. Your bed for the night is in a lovely thatched farmhouse.

-DAY 2: After a hearty farmhouse breakfast, your 10 mile walk today is filled with history. Initially you walk beside the river and then back onto the ridge and along a Roman Road. You pass Bockerly Dyke – an amazing relic of the Bronze Age, the scale of which is difficult to appreciate. Pentridge Hill provides an extensive viewpoint before your walk to a proper Dorset backwater in the Chase - your base for the night.

-DAY 3: Today your walk is 10 miles, taking you past an Elizabethan Manor, then through beautiful unpopulated Dorset countryside. You cross a Roman Road and are surrounded by ancient burial mounds. Pretty villages provide a welcome stop for lunch and your overnight stay in a beautiful country Inn.

-DAY 4: A day of nearly 13 miles where stunning views abound. You pass through un-spoilt valleys, and feel invigorated by some steep climbs to gain your rewarding views (you will reach the highest point in Wiltshire today). The hill top town of Shaftesbury is your stopping point, a charming town with its iconic Gold Hill.

-DAY5: Your 14 mile route threads its way along country lanes from Shaftesbury before a steep ascent onto Melbury Hill with it’s far reaching views. After more hills and valleys you reach the highest (and one of the prettiest) villages in Dorset . A change to woodland walking gives some variety before your stop for the night in another top quality country Inn.

-DAY 6: Your final day is an easier 10 miles across almost uninhabited countryside and wide tracks. An Iron Age hill fort and the National Trust’s Kingston Lacey provide plenty of interest along the way. You walk along the River Stour to your finishing point in Wimborne Minster. After a celebratory meal, and a restful night, you can make use of the excellent public transport links to get back to your car or back home.