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 junction marked with a stone cross and with old tales of hangings. Clamber through the earthworks of Grimstone Down before descending back into the valley, following a Roman road and crossing the train tracks to return to Stratton.

Distance:  7miles/11.5km (with Forcey’s Tower), 4.5miles/7km (just Grimstone Down)

Duration: 3.5 hours

Ability: Medium

Terrain: Path, track and field.

Total Climb: 439ft

Max Height: 640ft

Min Height: 246ft

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

Start Point: The Square, Stratton (Postcode: DT2 9WG, Grid reference: SY650937, What Three Words: spearhead.indoor.unlucky.)

How to Get There:  From Dorchester, take the B3147 north, leading to the A37, out of town. After about 2 miles, turn left onto Dorchester Road and into Stratton. After the church, take the next left, leading to parking at The Square and the Saxon Arms.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: The Saxon Arms in Stratton

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