This short walk is crammed full of interest and history. Beginning on the old railway and meeting Crawford castle, it then takes you across the River Stour to a special church with a hidden secret. On your return you pass a famous perfumery, with a café which serves products that use flora grown in their … Continue reading Spetisbury old Railway line, Crawford Castle, St Mary’s Church and Keyneston Mill
Distance – 3 miles/5 km Time – 1.5 hours Total climb - 100ft Max height - 290ft Min height - 200ft Terrain - Track, path, road and field. Exertion - Easy Start - The Crown Inn (Grid ref: ST782187, Postcode: DT10 1LN). Map - OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne. How to get there - … Continue reading The Crown, Marnhull – Village walk
Follow ancient paths and Holloway’s through the landscape of Bere Regis. Pass the mysterious Devil’s Stone, sitting at the peak of Black Hill, surrounded by historical activity, to the redundant church at Turners Puddle. Find the little River Piddle with perfect muddy beaches for the odd wild swim in the shallow waters and a swing … Continue reading Bere Regis, the Devils Stone and Shitterton
Distance: 16 miles/23km - shorter or longer routes optional (see map)Time: 3 hoursTotal climb: 400ftMax height: 300ftMin height: 160ftTerrain: Road.Exertion: Easy.Start: At The Crown Inn in Marnhull (DT10 1LH).Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne.How to get there: From Sturminster Newton, travel north on the B3092. On entering the village stay on the same road … Continue reading The Crown Inn, Marnhull Bike Ride
After the effects of Covid, Dorset is experiencing a massive boom in tourism. The beaches can fill up quickly, but there are plenty of other places, away from the crowds, to escape the high temperatures! It can even be possible to find your own little spot. Waytown (For coastal swimming see the Jurassic Coast page) … Continue reading Wild Swimming
This second part of the Wessex Ridgeway bike ride begins high on Okeford Hill with views stretching across both south and north Dorset. Travel along the ridge of Ibberton and Bulbarrow to reach the Iron Age Hillfort of Rawlsbury Camp. Cycle downhill into the first valley to rise again at the ancient junction of Dorsetshire … Continue reading The Wessex Ridgeway, part two. Okeford Hill to Alton Pancras.
Originally part of the Somerset and Dorset railway line, the trailway stretches from Sturminster Newton to Blandford Forum. It traces the majority of the old railway line, with only a few diversions, due to modern development. The route is a mix of tarmac and gravel so easily accessible to all, cyclists, walkers, riders and wheelchairs. … Continue reading The North Dorset Trailway