2017 programme out now


Any queries please call Joy, Walks Coordinator on 0117 933 4998 (or if you would like a hard copy posted to you direct)


See the programme section


this includes any last minute changes ie change of leader etc



Programme out now for 2017 - see details above for hard copies


Bradford on Avon

Walkers are Welcome Walking Festival

Friday 1st September 2017 to

Sunday 3rd September 2017

For further details go to the following link - the programme will be put on our website as soon as it is available - see the separate festival page section of this website.




Bristol Walking Festival

Held from Monday 1st May 2017 to Wednesday 31st May 2017 - lots of walks held all over Bristol

Go to the following link for further details


The programme will be put on our website as soon as it is available- please see our festival section by using the link at the top




Want discounted travel?

Please see the following section regarding this


includes all rail cards and the discount scheme between Westbury and Weymouth


OR Plus Bus details can be found on


Bradford on Avon - Walkers are Welcome 2014 Festival - credit Emma Kirkup


Welcome to Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks 


These are free public guided walks from stations on the Bristol to Weymouth Railway line.


Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks were set up about 20 years ago and are a series of walks running from mid-May to Mid-October each year, and there are about 35 walks each year.


We use the 20 stations between Bristol & Weymouth and walk varying distances from 3 to 15 miles.


The walks are led by volunteers who are members of the Ramblers Asscociation, and come from the 4 areas of Avon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Credit Susan Blake

Should there be a query regarding a specific walk that you are interested in, please ring the leader direct or the walks coordinator (both of these details can be found on the current programme).

Please note this website has current and correct details, and will be updated on a regular basis and should you have any questions / queries / comments about details of the website that might be of value,  please use the CONTACT button. 

Dorchester West to Maiden Newton


Please use the following link for a preview glance - http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/programme/  - should you require a hard copy of the programme because you are unable to print them, either ask the walk leader on a walk or ring the Walks Coordinator on 0117 933 4998 or use the contact button through this website on the final page and your request will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.


Walks details will be displayed on the left hand side and costings of bus fares will be put on the left hand side too,  as well as any ferry costs - it will also tell you whether PlusBus will be available (if you do NOT have a Universal Bus Pass but do have a Rail Card - the rail card will also give you 1/3 off the cost of the bus ticket but this needs to be purchased at the same time as the ticket - please use the ticket office, the train manager or station staff for this ticket.)


As with all walks please bring adequate food and drink, bring waterproofs and wear suitable shoes for the terrain.  If appropriate pleas carry any rail cards to purchase tickets, English National Concessionary Bus Pass (if you have one) and some money for any other incidentals.  Always endeavour to buy your ticket if you travel by train and retain it for inspection.


Wessex Walks Webmaster

13th October 2016

modernising the railway around the bristol area

Some  journeys  may also be affected by engineering works that may affect the journey, on the following dates


-: TePOD 3 - Temporary Period of Disruption - Bath Spa station is due to be closed for a period of 3 (three) weeks in April 2017- again further details to follow - this will affect the walking season in 2017 - again details to follow - Provisonal dates are Sunday 9th April 2017 to Sun 23rd April 2017


Journey times to and from Bristol Temple Meads need to be checked though may be affected but it is the journeys to/from Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads should not be affected and it is on the lines mentioned below and will run at the normal times in and out of Bristol Temple Meads


As with all train journeys please check National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 (24 hour service, calls may be recorded) or National Rail Website of www.nationalrail.co.uk  or GWR Customer Services on 03457 000 125 (0700 to 2200 daily)


Wessex Walks Webmaster

30th August 2016

Weymouth line closures and disruptions

Engineering works that affect journeys n the Bristol to Weymouth Line only

No further updates known specifically regarding the line between Bristol & Weymouth other than the TePOD 3 around Bath Spa in April 2017 - the effects are not yet known

Wessex Walks Webmaster

December 2016

Ramblers' Association, 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87 -90 Embankment Road, LONDON SE1 7TW

Tel -: 020 7339 8500

E-mail: ramblers@ramblers.org.uk

Web: www.ramblers.org.uk


The Ramblers' Association is a company limited by guarentee, registered in England & Wales.  Company registration number 4458492.  Registered charity in England & Wales number 1093577.  Registered charity in Scotland number SC039799.  Registered office: 2nd Floor, Camelford House,

87 -90 Albert Embankment, LONDON SE1 7TW

Credit - Hilary West - Bath area
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