Cycle, walk or ride through the valley of the River Piddle. Pass thatched cottages and impressive country houses neighbouring crumbling barns and water meadows. Climb the hill to appreciate the wide views over the valley and beyond, the peaks scattered with ancient earthworks. Meander through the large open fields to sink back down to the bottom, where a medieval village once lay. Make your way through the earthworks and along the old droveway, sitting on the west side of the river, to discover the ruins of Piddlehinton Mill, now little more than crumbling walls and old mill leat.

Distance: 5 miles/8km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy, a few slow steep climbs.

Max Height: 270ft.

Min Height: 520ft.

Total climb: 375ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field. All on Bridleways, except for two corners that can be cut on foot.

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis.

Start Point: High Street, Piddlehinton. (Postcode: DT2 7TD, Grid Reference: SY714974, What Three Words: screening.shorten.reef).

How to get there: From Dorchester, travel north east on the B3143. Curve sharply into the valley to pass the Enterprise Park on the right. After entering the village and passing the church on the left, parking will soon appear on the same side of the road.

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

Refreshments:  At the start and finish of the walk is The Thimble Inn Piddlehinton.

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