Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton

Starting at the third highest point in Dorset, wander along its peak through the ancient landscape that contains a 3000 year old tree, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hillfort. Skim the woodland following the paths down to the Saxon villages of Woolland and Ibberton, with each church containing its own treasure, including a carved robins nest and windows from Milton Abbey. Climb out of the valley, up the slopes of Ibberton Hill with views that look over the Blackmore Vale and into the lands of Somerset.

Distance:  4 miles/6km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Medium, one big climb.

Max Height: 890ft.

Min Height: 320ft.

Total climb: 570ft.

Terrain: Track, path road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis.

Start Point: Bulbarrow Hill layby. (Postcode: DT11 0HQ, Grid Reference: ST783059, What Three Words: pine.peanut.salaried).

How to Get There: From Blandford, cross the bridge leading out of town and straight over the roundabout. Pass the entrance to Bryanston and when the road splits into three, take the middle route, bearing slightly right. Continue to follow the road, past Inside Park, and down the hill into Winterborne Stickland. Turn right at the junction and follow the road for about half a mile. Turn left up the hill and stay on the same road, skimming Milton Abbas estate. At the top of the hill, when the road bends to the left, turn sharply right, parking is on the right within one of two large laybys.

Refreshments: The walk passes The Ibberton in Ibberton and nearby are The Antelope Inn in Hazelbury Bryan and the Fox Inn in Ansty.

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