Little Bredy

Explore the historically rich landscape around Little Bredy. Discover the waterfall, that featured on the Broadchurch TV series, to then climb the hill following the original drive of Little Bredy Manor House, the route now hidden in woodland. Reach the peak to be in the company of a prehistoric cemetery, its earthworks scattering the high ridge with views out to sea. Pass the impressive Bellamont House, dressed in pink, sitting in a lush green valley. Wander past Kingston Russell House, saved from ruins but with reported hauntings of headless coachman and horses. But was once home to Masterman Thomas Hardy, the man who gave Nelson his final kiss. Circle a hidden lake to rise again and reach one of only a few stone circles in Dorset along with an exposed ancient barrow. Continue along a neolithic causeway to a second stone circle. Then leave the sea views of the Jurassic Coastline behind to return to Little Bredy through the cricket pitch and past the old manor house.

Distance: 8.75 Miles/14km
Time: 4 hours
Total climb: 820ft.

Max height: 720ft.
Min height: 210ft.

Terrain: Track, path and field.
Exertion: Medium
Start: Park in the centre of the village, just off the road on the green. (Postcode: DT2 9HN, Grid Reference: SY587890, What Three Words: newly.aboard.regress)

Map: OL15 Explorer Purbeck and South Dorset
How to get there: From Dorchester, head west on the A35. After passing through Winterborne Abbas (and past the Nine Stones and Lodge) take the next left. Stay on the same road for just over 1 mile. On entering the village, parking is on your left hand side, after the octagonal shelter.

Dogs: On leads where livestock is present and in accordance with any notices on the walk and The Countryside Code.

Refreshments: Little Bredy Walled Gardens (Call to check opening days 01305 898055). Nearby are The Coach House Inn in Winterborne Abbas and The Kings Arms in Portesham.

The octagonal shelter – given to the village by Phillip and Margret Williams on their silver wedding anniversary in 1933.

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