Chetnole and the Melburys

Distance: 6 3/4miles/11km Time: 2.5 hours Total climb: 500 ft Max height: 520 ft Min height: 220 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Easy. One big climb. A lot of mud after rain. Start: The Chetnole Inn (Grid Ref:ST602 082, Postcode DT9 6NU). How to get there: The pub sits opposite St Peter’s … Continue reading Chetnole and the Melburys

Leigh, The Castle and The Miz Maze.

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.

Lyon’s Gate

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

Synopsis – The First Countess of Wessex

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