Winterborne Stickland

Starting in the Valley of the Winterborne at Winterborne Stickland discover the ancient cross, associated tree, church, pub and war memorial before climbing up the hill to woodland. Explore the tracks and trails through Charity Wood and on to Milton Wood, divided by a park pale that are the remains of an ancient deer park. Continue up to Milton Abbas, with the views looking south to the Purbeck Hills. Return via Oatclose Wood, down to Winterborne Clenston’s Manor House and unique church, topped with a little spire.

Distance: 8 miles/13km

Duration: 2-4 hours

Ability: Medium, a few climbs of tough terrain.

Max Height: 600ft.

Min Height: 280ft.

Total climb: 327 ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field. All byways so suitable for bikes and horses.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis

Start Point: Dunbury Lane, Winterborne Stickland. (Postcode: DT11 0NN, Grid Reference: ST835044, What Three Words: stilted.amuses.agents).

How to Get There: From Blandford travel south, crossing over the River Stour out of town. Head straight over the roundabout and when the road splits three ways fork slightly right onto Fairmile Road. Stay on the same road to descend into Winterborne Stickland. Turn left to pass The Crown and find appropriate parking.

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

Refreshments: Near the start is The Crown in Winterborne Stickland.

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