Loders is a small village complete with church, manor and underground tunnels. Clamber through the ancient Holloways that run from the village along the edge of Waddon Hill, linking the valley of the River Asker to the valley of the Mangerton. Discover views across the Marshwood Vale to five prominent hill forts and even to the sea. Follow the water downstream from a water wheel to a tithe barn, a tall stone wall and the old Blacksmith’s cottage. Walk through the deep Holloway that connected Yondover to Bridport and along the route of the old railway that travelled on to Maiden Newton, soon to be a cycle path. Return via a peaceful nature reserve and a 150 year old school.

Distance: 5 miles/8km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 260ft.

Min Height: 60ft.

Total climb: 250ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis to Bridport, 117 Cerne Abbas to Bere Regis and OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: New Street, Loders. (Postcode: DT6 3RZ, Grid Reference: SY493942, What Three Words: joystick.salaried.shunts).

How to Get There: From Bridport, head east out of town on the B3162. At the roundabout, turn left onto the B3066 and after 1 mile turn right onto Village Road through Bradpole. Turn right onto Higher Street, following it into Loders. The Loders Arms will appear on the right.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route. On leads in the nature reserve.

Refreshments: At the start and finish of the walk is The Loders Arms.

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