If you mention The Jurassic Way to most people, they inevitably think it’s in Dorset but in fact it runs from Banbury in Oxfordshire to Stamford in Lincolnshire following the band of Jurassic limestone. An 88 mile route across middle England marked by the distinctive Jurassic Way markers with the Kallirhynchia sharpi.
I loved this walk with honey coloured limestone villages linked by stretches of glorious, undulating countryside. It’s a walk of contrasts. From the miles of walking where you hardly meet a soul to the busyness of Watford Gap where the route passes a railway, follows the canal filled with narrow boats and then ducks under the M1. There are isolated hamlets consisting of little more than a church and a house, villages of all sizes and the bustling town of Stamford at the end.
We always try to use public transport to get to and from our walks but as with most cross-country routes, this wasn’t always easy. There were times along The Jurassic Way when we took an alternative route to fit in with transport or accommodation, which doesn’t bother me but I know some people are very particular that they have to walk every mile of a long distance walk.
I’d highly recommend The Jurassic Way if you’re thinking of walking a long-distance walk. There’s plenty of variety and it’s an easy-going route that doesn’t veer too far from civilisation.
We walked some of the stretches as circular walks but you can read about the two main linear stretches in these two posts: