Glanvilles Wootton

Under the shadow of Dungeon and Dogbury hillforts, discover the medieval, forested village of Glanvilles Wootton. Pass the healing waters of Chalybeate Spring and the manor that has grown through time. Explore the land owned by a famous highwayman and the ancient family of the UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Follow the footsteps of … Continue reading Glanvilles Wootton

Shipton Gorge

A hidden village at the foot of the little known Shipton Hillfort. The slopes and valleys scattered with woodland, farmsteads and old manor houses. Pass the rare real tennis court, built to impress a king, while negotiating the steep and wild landscape on the old medieval trackways. All in the company of wide open views … Continue reading Shipton Gorge

Bryanston

Skim the edge of an estate that has evolved through the centuries, old manors still traceable in the ground and whispered in the place names. While the ancient families grew, the estate also developed. Keeping with the fashion of the time, Bryanston led the way, starting from scratch three times over. The demise of the … Continue reading Bryanston

Durlston

Walk along the cliff tops to admire the treats installed by a local Victorian businessman passionate about stone and landscape. Discover the castle and 40 tonne stone globe, the romantic quotes and recycled posts, all installed for visitors entertainment over a century ago. Wander past the 18th century Tilly Whim caves, used for stone, smuggling … Continue reading Durlston

Hooke

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

Winterborne Whitechurch

Walk through the chalk hills and ancient woodland along the Winterborne valley. Encounter lost settlement and medieval tracks while circling the estates of Whatcombe and La Lee. The old manors are hidden amongst the scattered oaks on a landscape that helped more than hindered. Return through the village, passing one of the country estates of … Continue reading Winterborne Whitechurch

Buckland Newton

In the far corner of the Blackmore Vale lies the village of Buckland Newton, a combination of medieval hamlets, linked together by streams, slopes and tracks. Home to William Barnes ancestors and a village passed through by one of Thomas Hardy’s tragic characters, it is surrounded by ancient settlement sitting on the hilltops. A golden … Continue reading Buckland Newton

Forde Abbey and Holditch

Explore Dorset’s far ‘Wild West’, land that was last to be claimed from the forest and is still just as wild. Pass avenues of trees that grow in Forde Abbey’s Gardens. Cross little valleys and explore ancient woodland to Holditch. Visit Holditch Court, with the ruins of an overgrown tower providing clear evidence of its … Continue reading Forde Abbey and Holditch