Lyon’s Gate

Set in the ancient forest of Blackmore, or historically known as Blackmore Regis, was the Friary of hermits whose traces of life still exist today. Discover their well, hidden in the high valley of The Caundle Brook and the old lime kiln of industry gone by. Pass through the village of Lyon’s Gate, under the shadow of the Iron Age hillfort of Dogbury. Enjoy the chalky return climb accompanied with views stretching far and wide.

Distance:  5 miles/8km

Duration: 2.5 hours

Ability: Medium – contains a few steep climbs.

Max Height: 867ft.

Min Height: 400ft.

Total climb: 490ft.

Terrain: Path, track, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

Start Point: Penn Wood. (Postcode: DT2 7AY, Grid Reference: ST646050, What Three Words: dwelled.complain.meatball).

How to Get There: From Dorchester take the A37 north to then turn right onto the A352 through Charminster. Continue for 8 miles and at a sharp 90 degree bend turn left signposted for Batcombe. Continue up the hill and at the top on the right is Penn Wood and a large layby with space for parking. .

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

Refreshments: None on route but nearby are The Hunter’s Moon in Middlemarsh and The Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton.

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