East Stour and Duncliffe

Explore the high valley of the River Stour. Pass through medieval wasteland, between 16th century farms to the forest of Duncliffe. Shrouded in mystery, clamber up to the peak amongst the tall trees of the thick woodland. The ground underfoot has produced treasure from the Iron Age and sculpture from the Romans, while the peak provided a base for the Clubmen during the Civil War of the 17th century. Return down the steep slopes over the old turnpike ruled by the highwaymen whose actions led to the first police force. Make your way across East Stour Common and back through the village, known to be frequented by witches.

Distance: 5miles/8km

Duration: 2-3 hours

Ability: Medium, a big climb in the woods.

Max Height: 678ft.

Min Height: 260ft.

Total climb: 455ft.

Terrain: Tracks, paths and roads.

Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil to Sherborne.

Start Point: Christ Church, East Stour. (Postcode: SP8 5LL, Grid Reference: ST798228-, What Three Words: relaxed.thrusters.demanding). Alternatively the walk can be started from Duncliffe Car Park (height restriction on entry).

How to Get There: Leave Shaftesbury on the Sherborne Causeway (A30) travelling west. Pass the Udder Farm Shop to then enter East Stour. The church and space to park is on the left hand side of the bend as the A30 makes its way through the village.

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

Refreshments: On route is The Kings Arms and nearby are The Crown Inn (who have an amazing all you can eat breakfast menu!) and The Udder Farm Shop.

Neighbouring walks: Gillingham, Guy’s Marsh, Stour Row, Marnhull, West Stour and Wyke.

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