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The South Dorset Ridgeway

A moderate walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Dorset, England, about 19.40km (12.05 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 231m (757ft)
Descent 274m (898ft)
Max. Elevation 230m (754ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 505m (1655ft)
Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, England
Distance 19.40km
Duration ~6:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 21 Feb 2012
The Dorset countryside is marvellous for walking. While many people are naturally attracted to the stunning Jurassic Coast, just inland is the South Dorset Ridgeway, from where you can still enjoy sea views and crisp breezes while also exploring the  ancient burial sites along the chalk downlands. The coastal bus connects the start and finish, and also links both towns to Weymouth. It's a long day out but the going is easy, so manageable as a full day. You can find out more information about the region here: www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/our-work/south-dorset-ridgeway.html

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Walk Map

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Take the Jurassic Coast bus to Osmington.
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Head north along Church Lane towards the ridgeway.
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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Join the South Dorset Ridgeway path at White Horse Hill. The man sat upon the chalk horse is King George III, who is related to our very own Queen Elizabeth. Probably.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
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The path is well signposted, so navigation should be simple, leaving time to look out to sea.
About 2.39 km (~1.49 miles) from
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Pass Bincombe - pause to look at the village church - then take the track leading to Came Wood.
About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from
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At the road, take the path to the left.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
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Cross the road at the bridge.
About 1.53 km (~0.95 miles) from
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The next section of the walk over Great Hill and Bronkham Hill passes several tumuli, ancient burial mounds on the hillside.
About 3.20 km (~1.99 miles) from
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At Black Down stands a monument to Sir Thomas Hardy, captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.
About 2.68 km (~1.67 miles) from
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Pass another burial mound at Hell Stone.
About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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The South Dorset Ridgeway crosses two minor roads as it heads towards Abbotsbury.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
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At White Hill, leave the ridgeway and drop into the town.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from
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Finish in Abbotsbury, where you can pick up the same Jurassic Coast bus service. The Ilchester Arms in town is a good place for a drink: www.ilchester-arms.co.uk/
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from

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