Wessex Ancient Kingdom

Foot Trails signature Inn to Inn trail

This inn to inn (village to village) walking experience is your ultimate experience of hiking rural England. Full of history and breath-taking English countryside it can be 8 or 10 nights duration, spending two nights at each country inn on route.

From rivers to woods, character villages & cottages to breath-taking scenery & views, this trail has it all!

Discover England’s ancient Saxon kingdom, called Wessex. Begin in historic Wiltshire, before your trail takes you across the south of the county, into beautiful north Dorset and then on into Somerset.

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Inn to Inn walking & hiking in Wessex, England

This is a linear (one way!) walking trail where you journey from country inn to country inn.  You’ll spend two nights at each, for a more relaxing experience that avoids the need to pack and re-pack several times a day, and so you can make the most of experiencing the countryside around you.

The Wessex region is the spiritual home of Foot Trails. Myself and David spent a decade living in this area and exploring all the paths and places to see. It is still the most beautiful and special place to us, and a good place for getting away from the crowds and bustle of life. On your walks you will enjoy some wonderful contrasts and variety, from ‘stately’ grounds, through woodland, meadows & pastures, great rolling views of the countryside, rivers and mills, sweeping chalk downs, high up and with big views, charming and unspoiled villages and local churches to explore. Then there’s all the stories along the way to bring it all to life and set the scene.

By evening you will enjoy character country inns that have been a part of their communities for centuries.  Superior accommodations and award winning dining awaits.  And while you walk, your luggage is transferred head of you, leaving you free to walk at leisure and enjoy journeying on foot.

6, 8 or 10 night itineraries available.

Trail highlights include

  • Castles, grand Manors, water mills and iron-age hill forts
  • Explore grand country estates and discover the stories of their interesting pasts
  • Follow ancient trackways to abandoned medieval villages
  • Step inside a medieval castle and look up at the Great Banqueting Hall
  • Soak up peaceful and atmospheric spots, relax
  • Be amazed by the beauty of Cranborne Chase, former royal hunting ground

Wessex – Wiltshire / Dorset / Somerset

Getting here is easy, your trail usually begins near Warminster, Wiltshire or Tisbury, Wiltshire. Its about a 2 hour car journey from London, sub 1 hour from Bristol.

For a truly car-free option the nearest train station is at Warminster, Wiltshire or Tisbury, Wiltshire.(We will advise when your itinerary is confirmed)

For overseas guests the nearest airport is at Bristol or Southampton. London Heathrow is also easy to get to. Airport transfers can be arranged with a chauffeured car, just ask.

Personally chosen country inns

When Alison created Foot Trails one of founding principles was our belief in good authentic accommodation. We work with country inns & pubs in local villages that all provide excellent accommodation and award winning food. We have consistent standards, not a small B&B one night, a hotel another and a pub another. Most of our country inns & pubs are award winning hosts for their accommodation and food.

We believe inns & pubs are the true experience of being in the countryside of England – 100’s of years old, part of their community and with a relaxed and comfortable feel. They are not hotels, but the bedrooms are just as good, if not better, the food is certainly better and the atmosphere local and genuine. Alison personally selects the inns, staying & eating at each one regularly to be certain they are places we wish our guests to stay. You are in for a real treat!

We will give you all the details on where you are staying before you decide on your booking and make any deposit.

Included in your Foot Trail

  • Foot Trails local knowledge and expertise working with you to create your custom made trip and itinerary
  • Personal Walk & Explore Box with everything you need – including
  • Local Ordnance Survey™ map exerts (waterproof) with your trails annotated
  • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions)
  • Local stories and histories
  • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes
  • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees & animals
  • Seasonal nature guide book
  • Sweets (for a boost on route)
  • Your en-suite accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • One bottle of wine
  • Two decades of expertise and know-how
  • Inn to Inn luggage transfers with our trusted drivers
  • Drop off services when it makes a walk better
  • Help and support in getting ready for your trip

6, 8 or 10 night walking holidays and vacations available year round. There are no set departure dates, you can start your break on any day of the week.

An 8 night ‘Wessex Ancient Kingdom’ Foot Trail starts from £1230 per person*.  Inn to Inn walking trails include all your luggage transfers and transport needed and so are best enjoyed ‘car-free’.

*Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis

How to book?

Contact us with your preferred dates and we will look after the rest. You can call us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form on this page to send a message or request an itinerary.

How to book

Each Foot Trails is customised to your dates and preferences. When you get in touch we will take a little time to find out more from you about the experience you would like, the things you enjoy and your travel plans. We then use our passion, experience and local knowledge of The Cotswolds to craft a daily itinerary for you.

You will receive a full daily itinerary and details of all your accommodations before you book. Once you are happy with your itinerary you simply confirm with your deposit and we will look after everything for you.

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