This is a linear walking tour of 54 miles (87 km), which starts in Shaftesbury and ends in Dorchester, Dorset’s county town. We classify the walk as moderate, which means that the terrain is undulating, with some long, easy sections interspersed with some quite steep ups and downs.
If you want to discover rural England at its best - in one of the most beautiful, historic and unchanged parts of the country - then our Inland Heritage trail is ideal. It took us three months to identify, walk and research the trail, and we are very pleased with the result.
It is a simple formula: you walk from one place on the trail to the next, staying in a different place each night, with your baggage moved for you. You choose your own dates, subject to availability, as well as the average number of miles to walk each day, within certain limits.
The route, which involves very little road walking, winds its way through the best of rural Dorset, through mature woodland, along open ridges, over Celtic and Roman hill forts and into quiet, unspoilt English villages, all with their church and most with their pub. There is an abundance of wildlife to see: rabbits, deer, foxes, squirrels, pheasants, buzzards, butterflies and many other fauna. For lovers of trees, hedgerows and wild flowers, this trail is ideal. Even in the summer, the paths and tracks are usually deserted, and you are left to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the landscape on your own.
If you walk an average of about 11 miles (18 kms) a day, you can complete the full trail in 5 days (without any rest days), i.e. a 6 night holiday. If you prefer to walk an average of 9 miles (14.5 kms) a day, you will need 6 days to do the full trail. It is also possible to walk fewer miles each day and to do only a part of the trail. You might also wish to have one or more stopovers during the course of your hike. Please provide all relevant details on the enquiry form.
The accommodation on this inn to inn walking holiday is of a very good standard, but the number of rooms is limited. So we cannot unfortunately accept large groups (or dogs), and we strongly advise you to book early. The price of your holiday includes a full English breakfast each morning (or continental if you prefer), a detailed and informative Trail Guide and baggage transfers. We will also supply you with the relevant ordnance survey maps, with the Footscape trail highlighted.
All prices are per person per night and in £ sterling
|Duration||Double / twin room||Single room|
|7+ nights||from £80||from £115|
|4 to 6 nights||from £85||from £120|
|2 to 3 nights||from £90||from £125|
|Depending on availability, we will try to offer you the type of accommodation that you specify (A1 or A2), but due to the limited options along the trail, this may not always be possible.|
|A2 a comfortable B&B or simple village inn|
|A1 a good hotel, luxury inn or equivalent|
|Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.|
|We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children. Please give us details on the enquiry form.|
We thought it was one of the best holidays we have ever had... We could hardly fail to be captured by your enthusiasm for your subject.”
Elizabeth Wilson, England