Bryanston

Skim the edge of an estate that has evolved through the centuries, old manors still traceable in the ground and whispered in the place names. While the ancient families grew, the estate also developed. Keeping with the fashion of the time, Bryanston led the way, starting from scratch three times over. The demise of the family led to the sale of the third house to become a private school. Discover the original gatehouses neighbouring the River Stour and the town bridge that once saved the lives of those that could not be saved. View the powerful yet peaceful River Stour, populated with otters and swans, but centuries ago was a hub of smuggling and piracy thanks to its easy access to the sea, controlled by famous historical figures.

Distance:  6 miles/8km

Duration: 3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 400ft.

Min Height: 120ft.

Total climb: 300ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis.

Start Point: Bryanston Club Car park. (Postcode: DT11 0PT, Grid Reference: ST870068, What Three Words: meaty.could.short).

How to Get There: From Blandford, cross over the bridge and past Bryanston drive. Take the next right hand turn to the top of the hill and turn right again into Bryanston village. Follow the road around the tight corner and the car park is straight ahead.  

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

Refreshments: None on route but there are plenty of options in Blandford including the Crown Inn.

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