Set deep amongst the hills of the Dorset Downs, Dewlish was once home to an impressive Roman settlement which has produced stunning evidence of life. An unearthed mosaic went on its own journey only to be stopped by the government. Today Dewlish is dominated by a large country estate, which has also had its troubles. Recently sold (for the second time only in its life) and its entire contents peddled off at auction in April 2021. This little village, hidden low in the valley of the Devil’s Brook, off the modern day beaten track has experienced a number of ups and downs to match its landscape and buildings.

Distance: 2.25 miles/4.5km

Duration: 1 hour

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 390ft.

Min Height: 240ft.

Total climb: 180ft.

Terrain: Path, track, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas to Bere Regis

Start Point: All Saints Church in Dewlish village centre, parking just around the corner on the residential road. (Postcode: DT2 7LU, Grid Reference: SY775982, What Three Words: debating.removers.deadline)

How to Get There: From Dorchester, take the A35 east towards Bournemouth. Turn off to the A354 for Blandford, but at the roundabout take the first, sharp, exit and then the next right. Follow it around the right hand bend, signposted for Dewlish. When in the village, take the first right to join the road running next to the church.

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

Refreshments: The Oak in Dewlish

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