Pulham, Dungeon Hill and Castle Hill

Distance: 5.5 miles/8 kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 175ft.Max height: 450ft.Min height: 300ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: The Halsey Arms, Pulham (Postcode: DT2 7DZ, Grid reference: ST707086).Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere RegisHow to get there: From Sherborne take the A3030 to Blandford Forum. After approximately 4 miles, turn right towards King … Continue reading Pulham, Dungeon Hill and Castle Hill

Dorset Hill Forts

A hillfort is a type of earthwork once used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for defensive advantage. Hillforts developed in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, roughly at the start of the first millennium BC, some later used in the post-Roman period. The fortification usually … Continue reading Dorset Hill Forts

Dogbury Hill Fort

Distance: 3 milesTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 380ft.Max height: 800ft.Min height: 475 ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Layby/Pull-in off the top Sherborne to Dorset road, near Buckland Newton (Postcode: DT2 7TW, Grid Reference: ST674045).Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis How to get there: From Sherborne, take the A352 to Dorchester. After … Continue reading Dogbury Hill Fort

Warmwell, Moigne Down and Owermoigne

Distance: 6 miles/5km, although shorter routes possible by cutting corners (see map).Time: 3 hoursTotal climb: 350ft.Max height: 450ft.Min height: 160ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Opposite the old Post office. Postcode DT2 8HQ, Grid Reference: SY753859Map: Explorer OL15 Purbeck & South DorsetHow to get there: From Dorchester, take the A352 to Broadmayne. Stay on … Continue reading Warmwell, Moigne Down and Owermoigne

St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

Distance: 2 to 3.5 miles/3 to 5.5kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 482ft.Max height: 620ft.Min height: 300ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: Ashley Chase Road (Postcode: DT3 4JZ, Grid reference: SY557872)Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck & South DorsetHow to get there: From Abbotsbury, follow the B3157 westward for about 1½ miles. After passing the view point … Continue reading St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

North Wootton

Distance: 3 miles/5kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 210ft.Max height: 265ft.Min height: 375ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: North Wootton. The Elms Car park. (Postcode: DT9 5JW)Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and SherborneHow to get there: From Sherborne, take the A352 south to Dorchester. At the top of the first hill, take the A3030 to Blandford. … Continue reading North Wootton