Corfe Mullen

Venture down the smuggler’s lanes of Corfe Mullen. The route cut through the landscape by the Romans, speeding up supplies from Poole Harbour to their mighty, military Fort at Lake Farm. Cross over brick bridges that span rivers of trees, the embankments once filled with steam as the old Slow and Dirty chugged its way through. Cross Barrow Hill, named after the Bronze Age cemetery which scatters its shallow slopes, the ancient mounds now neighbouring modern country manors. Return skimming Happy Bottom, a small wooded valley with a little stream flowing to the River Stour.

Distance:  2.5miles/4km

Duration: 1-2 hours

Ability: Easy

Max Height: 250ft.

Min Height: 127ft.

Total climb: 126ft.

Terrain: Tracks, paths and roads.

Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase.

Start Point: Lambs Green Inn.  (Postcode: BH21 3DN, Grid Reference: SY996986, What Three Words: digestion.perfected.fraction).

How to Get There: From Wimborne, leave the town to the south on the B3078. Cross straight over the roundabout to exit towards Corfe Mullen. After only 500 metres or so take the next left turn onto Lambs Green Lane. The car park and pub will be on the left hand side.

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

Refreshments: Lambs Green Inn at the start and finish of the walk with a number of further options in nearby Wimborne.

Neighbouring walks: Wimborne, Lady Wimborne Bridge, St Peter’s Finger, Charborough, Pamphill and Kingston Lacy.

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