Getting to the South Dorset Ridgeway

The South Dorset Ridgeway is the ridge of high ground running between Dorchester and Weymouth. Bridport (a little further to the West) - another big town - is also not far away. 

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Visit Dorset website

Dorchester has two rail stations:

  • Dorchester South
  • Dorchester West

Upwey station is half way between Dorchester and Weymouth.

There is a station as well as a marina at Weymouth.

Several A roads lead into Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport.  The Ridgeway's countryside and villages can be accessed through a network of small country lanes, bridleways and footpaths making the area an excellent place to explore by foot, bike or horseback.

South Dorset Ridgeway area

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Map showing the area where the work of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership is focused.  This map also shows several suggested walks in the area, the map numbers relate to more detailed maps for each walking area, these are available in our walks pages.

If you are coming to Dorset remember there is much more than the stunning coast! Hardy didn't write famously descriptive passages based on his own imagination alone - so let your curiosity be your guide and EXPLORE!

  • Why not add a little variety by visiting the Purbeck heathland for wide open spaces? The Purbecks are full of wildlife which has made a home on the rolling chalk of the Dorset Downs...

Cute, characterful villages are what make Dorset Dorset - so why not plan a trip to somewhere unfathomably beautiful like Askerwell?

For more information on visiting the area, as well as places to go and things to do all over Dorset here are some useful websites to help plan your trip :

Explore the Dorset AONB


Visit Dorset

South West Coast Path

Dorset Wildlife Trust

National Trust


Let us know how you get on! 


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South Dorset Ridgeway LP area

The specific outline on these maps shows the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership area, in landscape terms the ridgeway is the high ground running from Osmington Mills to West Bexington, between Dorchester and Weymouth and includes a number of parallel ridge forms, with the National Trail route (part of the South West Coast Path) following the highest ridge line.