St Edward, a boy king murdered possibly on the orders of his stepmother at Corfe Castle, was originally buried at Wareham. Later in 979, for political reasons, his body was moved to Shaftesbury Abbey where it became an object of pilgrimage.

This footpath route between Wareham and Shaftesbury Abbey was developed by the Dorset Ramblers. Bishop Karen lead a pilgrimage walk over three days in early September 2021.

Click here to download the pdf "St Edwards Way Walk Guide"

You can find online Ordnance survey maps of the route via the links below.

The complete route:

The route for the inaugural walk:


Day 1 – Wareham to Winterborne Kingston


Day 2 – Winterborne Kingston to Shillingstone


Day 3 – Shillingstone to Shaftesbury



You can also download the digital mapping GPX files below. You can find out more about what these are, and how they work on the The British Pilgrimage Trust website via this link.

St Edward's Way - Wareham to Shaftesbury.gpx

St Edward's Way Day 1.gpx

St Edward's Way Day 2.gpx

St Edward's Way Day 3.gpx