Compton Valence to Frampton

Disappear into Compton Valence’s secret valleys and interlocking spurs. Climb high to view the hidden countryside, its contours perfect for the Roman’s early aqueduct. Descend into Frampton, skirting a nature reserve with its own Roman villa. Explore the landscape of Frampton Park, discovering the elegant Peacock Bridge, the house cursed by a monk until the building was demolished and the last heir passed away. Return to Compton Valence through Compton Bottom, the enclosing slopes feeling like they haven’t been touched since the Romans left.

Distance: 7.5 miles/12km (an extra mile included to Peacock Bridge)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Medium, couple of steep climbs.

Max Height: 600ft.

Min Height: 275ft.

Total climb: 350ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

Start Point: Compton Valence. (Postcode: DT2 9ER, Grid Reference: SY593932, What Three Words: desk.regularly.digesting).

How to Get There: From Dorchester head west on the A35 for about 3 miles and then continue straight ahead on the Roman road.  Follow the lane for another 3 miles and then turn off to the right, heading down the hill into Compton Valence. The parking is opposite the phone box, where the road widens on the left.

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

Refreshments: None on route, but nearby are the Saxon Arms in Stratton and The Chalk and Cheese in Maiden Newton.

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