Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

Walk upstream following the River Wey to its source. Climb Bayard Hill to the ridge scattered with ancient tumuli and cut by a Roman road. Cross the bridge over the new A354 to find the site of 54 brutally murdered and decapitated Vikings, with three skulls missing. Follow the route of the old Dorchester road to Bincombe Tunnel, apparently home to a ghost that never got home. Return to the valley past multi-million pound houses, two made for an ancient family and one made from confiscated pirate treasure. Finish at the magic healing well to make a wish, surrounded by ponds, paths, waterfalls, and ice-cream.

Distance: 4 miles/6km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy, but one big climb.

Max Height: 500ft.

Min Height: 125ft.

Total climb: 375ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: St Laurence’s Church Car Park, 50p donation. (Postcode: DT3 5QE, Grid Reference: SY660852, What Three Words: blip.lateral.dignify).

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: Upwey Wishing Well Tearooms & Water Gardens.

(Photo credit – my 11 year old son!)

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2 thoughts on “Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

    1. I truly recommend it, one of my favourites and so much to see. Try going on a clear day to appreciate the views. Should fit nicely between your homes, plenty of places to eat around there too!

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