2018 walks programme is out now
If you have anny queries about any of the walks, please either contact the leader direct or the walks coordinator on 0117 933 4998
Should you require hard copy, then please call the walks coordinator on the number above
Winter Get together
This has now taken place
2018 season has not yet started
Currently no other festival dates are known
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
Want to get away from the maddening crowds this summer?
Then why not come on one of the Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks over the summer (between May and October each year) and have a great day out?? This is a great way to enjoy the combination of travelling by train and going to a different area and exploring the countryside. As they say let the train take the strain!! Leave the car behind, and no parking charges, and a chance to relax.
These walks, which are led by experienced volunteer members of the Ramblers' Association and begin from stations along the wonderfully scenic "Heart of Wessex" railway line (which is 87 miles long) and runs between Bristol & Weymouth, with 20 stations along the way. This is an excellent way of escaping to the countryside, seaside or visiting market towns without the need to drive.
The line meanders through the deep, green Avon valley, winding between the river and the Kennet & Avon canal and emerging onto the broad Wiltshire plains and on into Somerset.
As it enters Dorset, it traverses and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before sweeping over the South Dorset Downs to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Weymouth.
Our enthusiastic walk leaders, who enjoy the combination of train travel and walking, are drawn from all four areas thorugh which the train travels, and despite the fact we have been leading walks from 20 stations for almost 21 years, leaders still find new and interesting routes. (You need not worry - the walks do not follow the railway line!)
The walks are free (although transport costs are not included) and are open to non-members and members of the Ramblers' Association alike, and currently vary in length from three to 15 miles.
We do not normally stop at a pub or cafe at lunchtime (so walkers do need to bring their own food and drink) but at the end of the walks there is often an opportunity to have a drink at a local pub or cafe with time to continue to socialise with their fellow walkers.
Ramblers' Association, 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87 -90 Embankment Road, LONDON SE1 7TW
Tel -: 020 7339 8500
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