Iwerne Minster

Start in the stunning village of Iwerne Minster amongst its beautiful buildings, little stream and even some ghosts. The village was loved and greatly cared for by the Lord of the Manor, James Ismay, his wealth from his father, made rich by founding White Star Line (Titanic!). Pass the impressive manor of Wolverton, now known as Clayesmore School. Sometimes known as the home of Del Boy’s chandelier. Join the Fontmell Brook through the fields, forests and farms to Sutton Waldron, passing the site of a Roman villa. Return via an ivy arch at the old Wolverton Lodge back to the Iwerne valley, all in the shadow of Hod and Hambledon Hills.

Distance:  4 miles/8km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 315ft.

Min Height: 170ft.

Total climb: 153ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase.

Start Point: Church Hill, Iwerne Minster. (Postcode: DT11 8LS, Grid Reference: ST868145, What Three Words: snow.breezy.quote).

How to Get There: From Blandford take the higher Shaftesbury road away from the town. After approximately 5 miles, pass the Talbot pub and turn right at the war memorial down Tower Hill. Take the second right onto Church Hill. Parking is opposite the church, being cautious not to block any access.   

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

Refreshments: In Iwerne Minster is The Talbot and nearby is The Cricketers in Shroton (Iwerne Courtney).

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