Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

Starting in the Iron Age and Roman landscape near Badbury Rings descend into the valley of the River Allen. Discover the fairy-tale cottage that guards the entrance to Gaunts House and the village church now left to ruin, dedicated to a murdered boy saint. Pass a brick water tower, topped with timber, standing in the grounds of High Hill. Follow the River Allen downstream to Wimborne. Cross the 16th century Walford Bridge to find its old mill, now turned into an art and craft centre. Return by skimming the monasterial town to return to the ancient landscape through the Kingston Lacy Estate.

Distance:  7 miles/11km (5 miles/8km not including Stanbridge)

Duration: 3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 170ft.

Min Height: 63ft.

Total climb: 260ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase.

Start Point: King Down (Postcode: BH21 4JB, Grid Reference: ST984035, What Three Words: flicked.dupe.tips). Alternatively you can begin at Walford Mill Car park and joining the walk from the MIll – payment required. (Postcode: BH21 1NL, Grid Reference: SU008006, What Three Words: shepherds.worm.laces)

How to Get There: From Wimborne town centre travel north on the B3078 and, after about a mile, turn left at The Grange. Cross over the river Allen and follow the road all the way to the end where there is space for parking.  

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

Refreshments: On route is the Happyccino at the Mill, but many more options are also in Wimborne town.

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