Stratton, Grimstone Down and Forcey’s Tower

Explore the wide open landscape that covers a chalk ridgeway north of Dorchester, passing small settlements and climbing ancient earthworks. Discover an isolated tower standing in its own dry valley and fitted with a single bell, the sound of the ring echoing around the surrounding empty slopes. Climb back up the hill to an ancient … Continue reading Stratton, Grimstone Down and Forcey’s Tower

Sandford Orcas to Poyntington

Walk along the county boundary that divides Somerset and Dorset. Start in the hidden village of Sandford Orcas, tucked into the narrow valley. Pass an ancient Manor House which claims to be home to many restless spirits, mostly manufactured by the owner. Meet the source of the River Yeo, a modest overgrown and hidden spot … Continue reading Sandford Orcas to Poyntington

Lyscombe Bottom

Circle the steep horseshoe bowl of Lyscombe Bottom. Explore the surrounding ancient landscape, filled with ancient earthworks, Iron Age hillforts and medieval trackways to find the remains of a lost, little village. Clamber the ruins in the valley, follow the river upstream and scale the slopes to the views, all in the central heart of … Continue reading Lyscombe Bottom