Shave Cross

Delve deep into the patchwork fields of the Marshwood Vale. Starting at a medieval site where monks once prepared themselves for the end of their pilgrimage to Saint Wite, sink into the valley, surrounded by a number of ancient hillforts. Follow the footsteps of the pilgrims from the Shave Cross Inn along the river banks through the Vale. Pass a lost monks graveyard, old mills, a lonely pig sty and crumbling ruins to join the Monarch’s Way through the thick woodland. Return via narrow country lanes, lined with high hedges and only just wide enough to fit the odd tractor.

Distance: 4.5miles/7km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Medium. Some tough terrain.

Max Height: 320ft.

Min Height: 120ft.

Total climb: 267ft.

Terrain: Tracks, paths and roads. Can get very wet and boggy. Some of the OS footpaths have issues, so, in communicating with the land owners, alternate routes have been suggested.

Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis to Bridport.

Start Point: Shave Cross Inn. (Postcode: DT6 6HW, Grid Reference: SY415980, What Three Words: panthers.snowmen.producing).

How to Get There: Leave Bridport on the B3162. After about a mile and a half, turn left at the crossroads onto Pymore Lane. Stay on the same road for just under 4 miles, where The Shave Cross Inn is sat on the left of a sharp bend.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route. Be aware of lose dogs at the farms.

Refreshments: At the start and finish of the walk is The Shave Cross Inn.

Neighbouring walks: Pilsdon, Lewesdon, Netherbury, Salway Ash, Symondsbury and Bettiscombe.

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