Wednesday 11th Janaury 2017

At - The Railway Inn, Westbury (Wiltshire)

a 4 mile walk followed by lunch - cost £13 to cover a choice of main course and dessert

The walk is optional and people can get a later train and join us for lunch which will be at 13.00 for 13.15

(NB this will be the final one that Ann will be organising)

Invitations are out now - either use the contact button or call Ann on 0117 979 8628 If you require a printed copy to be posted please call Ann




Saturday 3rd September 2016

Linear walk of 7 or 8 miles on Portland - to include Portland Bill

Bus used to and from Portland and for the shorter options

Buy a day return to Weymouth

Bring Universal Bus Pass if you have one to get to and from Portland

BusPlus available - this must be bought at the time when you buy your ticket on the day at £2.20 and £1.45 with a railcard - though must be asked for at the same time

Fare cost £3.50 (24/08/2016)

Two (2) options of retrun trains at 17.30 or 18.30 - if you have a preference please call the leader direct for further details


Tuesday 6th September 2016

Dorchester West station -

Circular walk of 9/10 miles

West Stafford, Lewell Mill, West Knighton and Whitcombe

Ring walk leader for walks details

NB optional fish and chips afterwards -(and time allows)  contact Ann on 0117 979 8628


Wednesday 14th September 2016

Linear walk from Bradford on Avon to Bath Spa station

5 or 10 miles

Walkers may finish at Freshford with arrangement with the leader.

Buy a ticket to the station that is furthest from your home point but alight at Bradford on Avon where the walk starts



For programmes and other details -:

see this page of our website for any future dates and events that may take place throughout the year



Bradford on Avon (Walkers are Welcome town) Walking Festival

Friday 2nd September 2016 to Sunday 4th September 2016

Website - http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/walking-festivals-and-ideas/bradford-on-avon-walking-festival-2016-1/




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 start on Saturday 21st May  2016 and finish on Wednesday 12th October 2016 - a series of 22 walks on the line between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth and anywhere in-between!!


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

14th May 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 clossed 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 dates


Wessex Walks Webmaster

30th August 2016

Planned engineering works and covers May 2016 and August 2016 and details of the bus stops (05/2016)
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The upgrading of the Severn Tunnel is due to take place from Monday 12th September 2016 to Friday 21st October 2016 and thus it will be closed.  As a result no trains will run between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction.  Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will be diverted and coaches will operate Bristol and Newport.


This is for Network Rail to electrify the Severn Tunnel and the Patchway Tunnels

More information can be found at www.GWR.com/SevernTunnel2016

This should not affect our walks too much but it could if anyone is coming from the South Wales direction


Wessex Walks webmaster

May 2016

The Severn Tunnel is closed from Monday 12th September 2016 to Friday 21st October 2016
use the following link for further details
Always check bus and train times before travelling and allow extra time for your journey
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Weymouth line closures and disruptions

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

Disruption for the Weymouth route is limited this year  follows -:
Weymouth to Castle Cary Sunday 25th September (may move to winter TBC)
Weymouth to Castle Cary Saturday 8th  & Sunday  9th October  (may move to winter TBC)
Weymouth to Castle Cary Sunday 6th November
Weymouth station closed Sunday 13th November
Weymouth to Castle Cary Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4 December

NB Some dates are to be confirmed but there may also be additional dates - please always check before travelling

Wessex Walks Webmaster

2nd May 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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