Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort

From little Bincombe village, climb the hill to appreciate panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline. Pass a golf course that has carved its own way into history to then explore woodland and ruins. Pass numerous earthworks and barrows, one with associations of fairies and has even been known to sing. Follow the ridge and skim the valley to Chalbury Hillfort, topped with another ancient barrow. Return along the slopes though rich historical landscape that merges with the modern day life of Weymouth. Finally, finish at the church with two unmarked graves of soldiers both with a tragic tale, retold by Thomas Hardy.

Distance:  5 miles/8 km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Medium, with a few big climbs.

Max Height: 470ft.

Min Height: 200ft.

Total climb: 590ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OL Explorer 15 Purbeck and South Dorset.

Start Point: The Square, Bincombe. (Postcode: DT3 5PX, Grid Reference: SY685844, What Three Words: onto.custodial.itself).

How to Get There: Travel north out of Weymouth via the Weymouth relief road and turn right onto the A353. At the next roundabout, take the first exit, and then right at the next junction onto Icen Lane. Continue along the road and into Bincombe, The Square is on the right hand side, marked by a barn.

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

Refreshments: None on route but nearby are the Old Ship Inn in Upwey and The Springhead in Sutton Poyntz.

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