From the peak of Clubman's Down, wander across the ancient, earthwork littered landscape to the meeting spot of countryside rebels, armed with scythes and pitchforks. Explore Compton Abbas village and the last remains of its old Church tower. Climb Melbury Beacon, one of the highest points in Dorset, providing views across Shaftesbury to the north, … Continue reading Fontmell Downs, Compton Abbas and Melbury Hill
Starting under the canopy of the the famous Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree, cross the medieval landscape to Milborne St Andrew, passing through the earthworks of the older settlement. Return via the Hillfort of Weatherby with its dramatic obelisk hidden in in the centre, amongst the trees. Cross the little Bere Stream using the route of the … Continue reading Tolpuddle and Weatherby Castle
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)
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.