Chetnole and the Melburys

Walk through the heart of Dorset's countryside, with views that are hard to match. Climb to the peak of Bubb Hill, near where a murder took place and the where guilty were hung from a tree. Descend into the valley to meet Dorset's smallest church, in honour of St Edwold, who Cerne Abbas is indebted … Continue reading Chetnole and the Melburys

The Bull, Sturminster Newton

Starting at The Bull Inn, make your way up the hill to skim Sturminster Newton Castle, its ruins said to hide a wealth of treasure. Make your way to Piddles Wood with views across the Vale to then be blocked by the towering trees. Tread through the woodland down the steep hill to Fiddleford, its … Continue reading The Bull, Sturminster Newton

The Swan, Sturminster Newton

From the Swan Inn wander through the town and down to the River Stour. Cross the water via Colber Bridge, a Victorian remnant of earlier life, to meet another old bridge that once carried the trains from Bath to Bournemouth. Explore the landscape of two Dorset Poets - William Barnes and Thomas Hardy. Both characters … Continue reading The Swan, Sturminster Newton


Wander along one of Dorset’s most stunning beaches, looking out to sea to the Isle of Wight. Follow the sand to the little fishing village of Studland. Discover Henry’s Fort, remains of World War 2 defence with further views out to sea, to then head into the seaside settlement. Cross the road to enter the … Continue reading Studland

The Isle of Portland

Split from the rest of the county, on an outcrop exposed to the mighty wind waves from South America, the Isle of Portland can be a harsh and dramatic environment. The landscape contains so many secrets with many more to probably still to discover. Explore the island, from the prisons to the cliffs and the … Continue reading The Isle of Portland

The Farquharson Arms, Pimperne

Distance: 3 miles/5km Time: 1 hour Total climb: 250 ft Max height: 390 ft Min height: 150 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Easy. Some mud after rain. Start: The Farquharson Arms (Grid Ref: ST904089, Postcode DT11 8TX). Map: Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase How to get there: From Salisbury travel south … Continue reading The Farquharson Arms, Pimperne

The Anvil, Pimperne

Distance: 5 miles/8km Time: 2 hours Total climb: 280 ft Max height: 425 ft Min height: 151 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Medium to Hard. Some mud after rain. Start: The Anvil (Grid Ref: ST905093, Postcode DT11 8UQ). Map: Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase How to get there: From Salisbury travel … Continue reading The Anvil, Pimperne