Bradford Peverell

Starting in one of the oldest villages in the county, climb up from Roman aqueduct remains to discover Neolithic and Bronze Age earthworks. Pass ancient county estates, with a family name that links to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wander through woodland with fleeting views of the Frome Valley and beyond. Return via the Roman road and a church with a rare spire and its Rector who crowned Queen Victoria.

Distance:  3 miles/5km

Duration: 1-2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 490ft.

Min Height: 210ft.

Total climb: 320ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field (on bridleways so good for bikes too).

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

Start Point: Outside St Mary’s Church. (Postcode: DT2 9SB, Grid Reference: SY658929, What Three Words: unzipped.ranges.tallest).

How to Get There: Travel north out of Dorchester onto the A37. After only about a mile, turn left and cross the River Frome to Bradford Peverell. Turn right and then left at the junction and parking is in front of the church wall on the right.

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

Refreshments: None on route but nearby are The Saxon Arms in Stratton or The Three Compasses in Charminster.

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