Walk through some of Dorset’s central countryside, with views that are hard to match. Climb to the peak of Bubb Hill, near where a murder took place and the where guilty were hug from a tree. Descend into the valley to meet Dorset’s smallest church, in honour of St Edwold, who Cerne Abbas is indebted … Continue reading Chetnole and the Melburys
Explore one of the top 50 villages in the country, according to the Sunday Times. High up in the valley of the tributaries of the river Yeo and built from golden ham stone, it is home to a school paid for by the scientist Robert Boyle. It is also the birthplace of an accidental biologist … Continue reading Yetminster, Thornford and Beer Hackett
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The small, quiet village of Leigh has a suspicious and mysterious past. Today it is home to a modern village Hall hosting popular events. A few hundred years ago, the village used to be host to witches. The Miz Maze, now nothing but lumps and bumps in the landscape, was where the last witch to … Continue reading Leigh, The Castle and The Miz Maze.
Deep valleys, wooded hills and sea views. Hunting, fighting and fire. Wildlife, medieval kings and manor houses. All of which have merged together over time in the landscape surrounding the little village of Hooke. Distance: 5 miles/8km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Easy. Max Height: 770ft. Min Height: 402ft. Total climb: 390ft. Terrain: Track, path road … Continue reading Hooke
Set in the ancient forest of Blackmore, or historically known as Blackmore Regis, was the Friary of hermits whose traces of life still exist today. Discover their well, hidden in the high valley of The Caundle Brook and the old lime kiln of industry gone by. Pass through the village of Lyon’s Gate, under the … Continue reading Lyon’s Gate
As a continuation of the Chetnole walk, here is a quick synopsis of Thomas Hardy’s short story ‘The First Countess of Wessex’. Based on Melbury House in Melbury Sampford. Set in Kings-Hintock Court (aka Melbury House) a young girl of 11, Betty, is cowering in her room as her parents argue over an arranged marriage … Continue reading Synopsis – The First Countess of Wessex