Glanvilles Wootton

Under the shadow of Dungeon and Dogbury hillforts, discover the medieval, forested village of Glanvilles Wootton. Pass the healing waters of Chalybeate Spring and the manor that has grown through time. Explore the land owned by a famous highwayman and the ancient family of the UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Follow the footsteps of medieval traffic travelling to Sherborne and pass the road leading to one of the largest Mausoleums in the country, now only earthworks. Head into the depths of the Forest of Blackmore filled with young pine but in the company of aged oaks and worn beech trees. Emerge from the wood to cross a trickle of the Caundle Brook and meet the historic site of Middlemarsh Grange, all before returning to peaceful Glanvilles Wootton.

Distance:  5 miles/8km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 350ft.

Min Height: 250ft.

Total climb: 125ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Wet underfoot and missing a footbridge.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis.

Start Point: Locks Lane, St Mary the Virgin church car park. (Postcode: DT9 5QD, Grid Reference: ST679081, What Three Words: creatures.umbrellas.deduced).

How to Get There: From Sherborne, travel south on the A352 for approximately 5 miles. Turn left onto the B3146, signposted for Glanvilles Wootton. On entering the village, follow the road around the corner and take the second left onto Locks Lane. The car park sits opposite the church.

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

Refreshments: None on route but nearby are The Hunters Moon in Middlemarsh, The Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton and The Halsey Arms in Pulham.

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