Winterborne Whitechurch

Walk through the chalk hills and ancient woodland along the Winterborne valley. Encounter lost settlement and medieval tracks while circling the estates of Whatcombe and La Lee. The old manors are hidden amongst the scattered oaks on a landscape that helped more than hindered. Return through the village, passing one of the country estates of the Turberville family and the church that has the pulpit of another, that now lies underwater.

Distance:  3.5 miles/5km

Duration: 1/2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 415ft.

Min Height: 240ft.

Total climb: 170ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

Start Point: Car park on Dolway Lane. (Postcode: DT11 0AW, Grid Reference: ST836002, What Three Words: heartless.doses.ending).

How to Get There: From Blandford, travel south west on the A34 towards Dorchester. On entering Winterborne Whitechurch, take the second right veering off the main road. Take the next right and the car park will be on the right hand side, opposite the school.

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

Refreshments: None on route but nearby are The Hambro Arms in Milton Abbas and The Royal Oak in Milborne St Andrew.

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