Winterbourne Abbas and the Nine Stones

Wander through the landscape that has been sliced up and sewn back together. Explore some of the most historic sites of the county, with hilltops marked with numerous barrows, earthworks and Iron Age Hillforts. Discover the hidden stone circle of the Nine Stones, the mystical sight being one of only four in Dorset. Climb up into the high chalk landscape with the sky free of any modern day litter. Pass old manor houses and mills, over ancient tracks linking medieval abbeys, while following the little Winterborne stream before emerging back out in the real world on the old turnpike road that has grown into the A35.

Distance:  5 miles/7km (6 miles/9 km including the stones)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 520ft.

Min Height: 310ft.

Total climb: 435ft.

Terrain: Tracks, paths, fields and roads.

 Map: OLS Explorer 15 Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: Copyhold Lane, Winterbourne Abbas. (Postcode: DT2 9LT, Grid Reference: SY618905, What Three Words:

How to Get There: From Dorchester, head west n the A35. Slowly make your way through the village to turn right, opposite the church, onto Copyhold Lane. Park carefully, without blocking any access.

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

Refreshments: Just off the route is The Coach House Inn in Winterbourne Abbas.

Neighbouring Walks: Compton Valence, Maiden Castle, Portesham and Little Bredy

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