The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth


Wessex Wanderers Guided Walks

Wonderful free guided walks from stations along the Heart of Wessex Line are led by members of the Ramblers’ Association every year between May and October. Over 20 years’ experience of planning and leading walks into the very best of our countryside, towns and cities is combined with the in-depth  knowledge of local people who give their time voluntarily.  You can just turn up on the day to meet the leader and a group of like-minded people for a sociable day exploring the best destinations along the route.

In 2018, the walks run from 12th May to 6th October. You can download a PDF copy of the programme here, but its also a good idea to check the Wessex Wanderers’ website below to ensure that there are no last minute changes and to get additional details and advice.


Exploring independently

Kennet & Avon Canal

From Avoncliff a short, level walk of around one mile along the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath will take you to Bradford on Avon. Alternatively, you can head in the opposite direction to discover the beautiful Dundas Aqueduct and the preserved Somersetshire Coal Canal

Freshford to Avoncliff
Taking in two splendid Box Hill Brewery pubs, this 3.5 mile walk includes canal, river, woodland and the lovely Iford Manor.
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Castle Cary

This lively market town is set in lovely countryside, and is a great starting point for walking, with the Macmillan Way, Monarch’s Way and the Leyland Trail all passing through the town.  A selection of good circular walks is available from the Market House, or on line at the town’s own helpful website