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Turnworth and the Wessex Ridgeway

MODERATE 3 reviews

Turnworth and the Wessex Ridgeway is a 7.1 kilometer loop trail located near the city of Turnworth, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

7.1 km
176 m


nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


A fairly strenuous walk on the Dorset Downs around the village of Turnworth. The walk will take you along a beautiful ancient track, passing Bonsley Common (said to be the best place in Dorset to see bluebells in the spring) down to the village of Turnworth. From here you will follow the path back uphill through crop fields and pastures to join a stretch of the Wessex Ridgeway which leads you back to the car park. The views for most of the walk are spectacular and on a clear day you will be able to see for miles around. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of steep sections. The paths through woodland can get very muddy so good stout boots are a must. There is a short stretch of road walking so take care of traffic at this point. The return footpath across pastures and crops is not particularly well-defined or managed, so you may need to walk around the rough edges of crop fields and also to duck under an electric fence along the way (we have reported both these issues to the local council). You will need to negotiate several gates plus one stile (which has wire fence surrounds so dogs will need a lift over). You may be sharing one of the pastures with cattle so take care with dogs. There are no facilities or refreshments on route, but there are picnic benches alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

over grown
14 days ago

absolutely amazing scenery, the most blue bells and wild garlic I've ever seen.... however the 2nd third of the route was so overgrown you cannot tell it's the path at all. When it tells you to cross the two fields, keep left and go over the stile; when it tells you to still to the gravel track past the farm (when your going up a steepest incline of the whole walk), when you get to the top stick to the right of the field and keep an eye out In the overgrowth for a kissing gate. Appart from this, a fabulous route and GREAT for dogs

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