North Poorton and Mapperton

Distance: 5 miles/8kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 525ftMax height: 620ftMin height: 220ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium. A few steep climbs.Start: North Poorton. Please park sensitively, without blocking access for any farm vehicles. (Postcode: DT6 3TH).Map: OS Explorer OL 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere RegisHow to get there: From Bridport, take the A3066 north to … Continue reading North Poorton and Mapperton

Wareham Forest bike ride

Terrain - Sandy and stony tracks. Can get very muddy and boggy if wet. Map – OL 15 Purbeck and South Dorset Start – There are a few car parks along Sugar Hill. Gore Heath also has its own car park. There are also a number of pull-ins scattered around the forest. Refreshments –The Silent … Continue reading Wareham Forest bike ride

Puddletown Forest Bike ride

Terrain - Track and road. Map - OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start – Two official car parks and a few large laybys surround the forest. Refreshments – National Trust Café at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage Puddletown Forest sits in between the country town of Dorchester and the small village of Puddletown. Originally … Continue reading Puddletown Forest Bike ride

Moor Crichel

Distance: 5 milesTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 300ftMax height: 275ftMin height: 120ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: Lawrence Lane layby. Post code: BH21 5AZ, Grid reference: ST992070Map: OS Explorer 118 Cranborne ChaseHow to get there: From Wimborne, travel north on the B3078 for about five miles and then turn left to Witchampton. Follow the road … Continue reading Moor Crichel

Steeple

Distance: 3 milesTime: 1 hourTotal climb: 350ftMax height: 400ftMin height: 175ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Climbs can be hard.Start: Kimmeridge Quarry – free parking (Postcode: BH20 5NZ, Grid reference: SY918800)Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Wareham, take the first right out of Stoborough. Follow the road for about … Continue reading Steeple

The Tarrant Valley

Eight villages line the valley, all gaining their name from the river. Once the location of an abbey, a monastery and the existence of a surviving medieval pack horse bridge, it suggests activity and life has been here for centuries. Going back even earlier in time, ancient earthworks sit abreast the hill tops and Roman … Continue reading The Tarrant Valley