Woodlands and the Remedy Oak

Explore the ancient woodlands of East Dorset, once hunted by kings, young and old, the forest having not changed for centuries. Modern day footpaths are even hard to find, making it a real wild adventure! Discover the font that was apparently used by Saint Aldhelm in the late 600’s and was originally placed in the now ruined Knowlton church. Touch the magical Remedy Tree reputed to bring wellness if also touched by the king, still standing (just) after witnessing 500 years of history. Find Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee ‘cross’ and wander through the local’s version of the Wild West, with ancient tumuli and a witch who turned herself into a hare.

Distance: 5 miles/8km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 250ft.

Min Height: 155ft.

Total climb: 130ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase & OL22 New Forest

Start Point: Woodland Village Green Car Park. (Postcode: BH21 8LN, Grid Reference: SU050090, What Three Words: finds.cemented.debut).

How to Get There: From Verwood, travel west on the B3081. After just over a mile fork left signposted to Woodlands. Follow the road through the village and the car park is on the left hand side, just after the church.

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

Refreshments: None on route but there are plenty of options in nearby Verwood including The Monmouth Ash.

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