Fontmell Downs, Compton Abbas and Melbury Hill

Distance: 4 milesTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 570ftMax height: 860ftMin height: 330ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Hard, some steep climbs.Start: Spread Eagle Hill car park (SP7 0DT).Map: OS Explorer OL118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get there: Travelling from Blandford on the top Shaftesbury road (Shaftesbury Lane), pass the turning to Ashmore and the car … Continue reading Fontmell Downs, Compton Abbas and Melbury Hill

Tolpuddle and Weatherby Castle

Distance: 5 miles, 8kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 525ftMax height: 380ftMin height: 170ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium. The two climbs, out of Tolpuddle and up to the fort, can be quite a challenge.Start: The Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree (Postcode DT2 7EX).Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Dorchester take the … Continue reading Tolpuddle and Weatherby Castle

St Catherine’s Chapel with the kids (Abbotsbury)

Distance: 2.25 miles/3.5km (once at the top of the hill, the route can be as long or as short as you like, even including a stroll into Abbotsbury)Time: 2 hoursTotal climb: 250ftMax height: 275ftMin height: 34ftTerrain: Track, path and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Chesil Beach Car park (DT3 4LA).Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to … Continue reading St Catherine’s Chapel with the kids (Abbotsbury)

Hambledon Hill with the kids.

Distance: 1.5 miles/2.5km (once at the top of the hill, the route can be as long or as short as you like).Time: 1 hourTotal climb: 350ftMax height: 600ftMin height: 260ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Lay-by north of Child Okeford.Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get there: From the A357 Blandford … Continue reading Hambledon Hill with the kids.