Sydling St Nicholas

From the little valley of the Sydling River climb up the chalk hills to discover ancient settlements, Roman roads, crumbing barns and miniature flying aircraft. Pass an abandoned lodge and trace an old road as nature takes them both back. View the valleys, hills and hillforts from up high, the slopes and spurs merging with each other, while following in the footsteps of Roman soldiers and medieval farmers.

Distance: 9 miles/14km

Time: 4 hours

Total climb: 1100ft

Max height: 800 ft

Min height: 350 ft

Terrain: Track, path and field.

Exertion: Hard. Some mud after rain. Steep climbs that can be slippy, regardless of the weather.

Start: The Greyhound Inn (Grid ref: SY632996, Postcode: DT2 9PD).

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

How to get there: Follow signs to Sydling St Nicolas from either via the A37 to the west or the A352 on the east

Dogs: On leads where livestock is present and in accordance with any notices on the walk and The Countryside Code. Be aware of loose dogs at some of the farms.

Refreshments: The Greyhound Inn in Sydling St Nicholas

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