St Edward's Way - Overview

St Edward's Way - overview
St Edward's Way is a trail from north to south through beautiful Dorset countryside from Shaftesbury Abbey, where St Edward the Martyr was buried for about a thousand years, to Corfe Castle where he was murdered in 972. Most of the way is on footpaths and tracks. Some is on minor roads. This website is specifically for those who are planning the very first walk of this route starting on the morning of Wednesday 9 May 2012; it is for the personal use of this pioneering group only.

Planned stages are:

Navigation during the walk requires OS Explorer Series maps numbers 117 and 118 and OL15. For a very short stretch near Shillingstone the route is covered by map number 129.

Scroll up and down to see the whole route, which is indicated schematically in blue dots.

Click on a grey square to reveal a more detailed 5km by 5km section of the walk. Use the back button on your browser to return to the overview.

The detailed maps, which you see when you click on a named square, are provided royalty free by the Ordnance Survey and they are Crown copyright. In an ideal world the OS would provide the Explorer Series in this way but I guess that would be rather like giving away the crown jewels. These maps are known as OS Street View and are at the scale of 1 pixel = 1 metre. They are provided in "tiles" which are each 5km by 5km. Unfortunately these Street View maps do not show tracks, footpaths, contours and other topographical features. They do however show woods, streams, ponds and rivers and these enable the route to be overlaid quite accurately.

The route on the detailed maps are shown by blue circles with gold centres.

Points of interest are shown by numbered red stars. These are:

Shaftesbury Fontmell Magna Iwerne Minster Shillingstone Turnworth Down Bulbarrow Hill Bingham's Melcombe Dewlish Tolpuddle Cloud's Hill Wareham Forest Carey Wareham Furzebrook Corfe Castle