Winterborne Kingston

After following the little River Winterborne, trace the footsteps of the Roman soldiers as their road cuts through Winterborne Kingston, still scarring the landscape today. Tread the earth that hides many of their remains, some having been unearthed from the ground including a precious coffin and dedications to a shrine. Climb the hill to Bere Down, scattered with ancient earthworks of spiritual burials that would have once shone in the sunshine and glowed in the moonlight. In contrast, across the valley, is a modern wind turbine, benefiting nearby Bere Regis as well as the climate. Skim the fields and forests, along medieval trackways now faded into mere boundaries, back to Winterborne Kingston, its thatched cottages, the Kingston Kiosk and the war memorial.

Distance:  5.5 miles/8km

Duration: 3-4 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 290ft.

Min Height: 175ft.

Total climb: 200ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field (all on bridleways so possible as a bike ride).

Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis.

Start Point: The Greyhound, Winterborne Kingston. (Postcode: DT11 9AZ, Grid Reference: SY861977, What Three Words: flashback.pleaser.petal).

How to Get There: From Blandford travel south west on the A35 towards Dorchester. After 4 miles, turn left towards Winterborne Kingston. On entering the village the pub is on the right hand side. Park carefully in the village, away from the main road.

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

Refreshments: At the start and finish is The Greyhound in Winterborne Kingston.

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