Chilcombe, Askerswell and Litton Cheney

From the tiny hamlet of Chilcombe, with its farmhouse, chapel and spirit of an old manor, wander up the hill to pass the Iron Age Hillfort of the same name. Cross the A35 to Askerswell, hidden deep in the valleys below Eggardon Hillfort. Explore the secret paths used by smugglers, following the little Asker Stream alongside ancient earthworks and under thick tree canopies. Climb up the chalk hills with views stretching across West Dorset to descend into Litton Cheney, passing the site of a private airfield. Explore the valley of the River Brit, the slopes filled with vineyards and more remains of ancient activity, to return to the isolated settlement of Chilcombe.

Distance:  6 miles/10km

Duration: 3-4 hours

Ability: Hard, some steep climbs and drops.

Max Height: 610ft.

Min Height: 160ft.

Total climb: 468 ft.

Terrain: Path, track, road and field.

Map: OL15 Explorer Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: Nearby to Chilcombe Church. (Postcode: DT6 4PN, Grid Reference: SY528911, What Three Words: fabricate.scoring.fictional)

How to Get There: From Dorchester head west on the A35. After about 10 miles and having topped the hill, turn sharply left onto Chilcombe Lane. Carefully navigate the narrow road and at the top of the hill, turn left. Parking is on the left at the end of the straight road, just on the grass.

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

Refreshments: On the route are The Bride Valley Vineyards and the White Horse Inn, both in Litton Cheney.

Neighbouring Walks: Eggerdon, Little Bredy , St Lukes’s, Puncknowle, West Bay, Shipton Gorge and Powerstock.

Chilcombe Farmhouse and chickens

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