From the centre of Blandford, travel by foot, wheel or hoof over the meadows and out of town. Cross over the old railway and up the hill, where many Roman treasures have been discovered. Make your way through the ancient landscape of Little Down, skimming the estate of Inside Park, its manor having burnt to … Continue reading The Crown, Blandford
Distance - 5 miles (a shorter walk for Hambledon also available) Duration - 2 hours. Exertion - Medium. Terrain - Path, track and field. Dogs - Be aware of livestock and keep to the countryside code. Few gates, no stiles. Map - OL Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranbourne Chase Start - Car park at the … Continue reading Hambledon and Hod Hill
From the smuggling coastline of Osmington, explore inland to discover pirate secrets in the nearby village of Osmington. Follow the River Jordan to Sutton Poyntz, in the shadow of Chalbury Hill fort. Visit the ducks of the village before climbing up to the chalk White Horse, there to honour a mad king. From the ridge, … Continue reading Osmington Mills to The White Horse
Distance: From a mile to as long as you like.Time: At your own leisure.Total climb: Coney's Castle and Lambert’s Castle associated car parks are almost on a level setting with the hillforts. However, Pilsdon Pen does require a short, steep climb to reach the top, approx. 200ft.Max height: Coney’s castle – 689ft. (210m), Lambert’s Castle- … Continue reading Coney’s Castle, Lambert’s Castle and Pilson Pen.
A hillfort is a type of earthwork once used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for defensive advantage. Hillforts developed in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, roughly at the start of the first millennium BC, some later used in the post-Roman period. The fortification usually … Continue reading Dorset Hill Forts
From the smart little bistro of The Elms, wander across the golf course to Folke, passing its manor house and church. Join onto the old medieval road between Sherborne and Dorchester to reach the ancient building of West Hall, complete with scars caused by historical battle. Make your way through the many orchards and back … Continue reading North Wootton
Distance - 6 miles/9 kmDuration - 2.5 hours.Exertion - EasyTerrain - Track, road and pathDogs - In line with the countryside code and be aware of livestock and wildlife.Maps - OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere RegisStart - Bovington Camp viewing car park. Postcode: BH20 7NQRefreshments - None on route Hidden among South East … Continue reading Lawrence of Arabia, Moreton and Cul-peppers Dish.