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

Gillingham

Inspiring the writer Thomas Hardy and the artist John Constable, this small rural town was once hidden in forest. Follow the river Lodden past the hunting lodge turned castle of Kings Court, now nothing but earthworks. Walk on into the old landscape of the wood, scattered with ancient trees and thick hedgerows. Cross the railway … Continue reading Gillingham

Bettiscombe

Wander through the hills and valleys of the Marshwood Vale, under the shadow of a number of hillforts. Pass Bettiscombe Manor, home of the fashion designer Jasper Conran, set amongst the small cushioned slopes at the foot of Pilsdon Pen. Follow the river to the hamlet of Pilsdon, where a loving community lives, helping those … Continue reading Bettiscombe

The Big Map of Dorset

A hand drawn, to scale map of the county of Dorset. Recording a simple selection to only include earthworks, woodland, water, roads, tracks and settlement. It creates a different perspective of the landscape as it draws out historical activity and merges with what exists today. It is more up to date than OS maps it … Continue reading The Big Map of Dorset

Woodlands and the Remedy Oak

Explore the ancient woodlands of East Dorset, once hunted by kings, young and old, the forest having not changed for centuries. Modern day footpaths are even hard to find, making it a real wild adventure! Discover the font that was apparently used by Saint Aldhelm in the late 600’s and was originally placed in the … Continue reading Woodlands and the Remedy Oak

West Stafford to Winterborne Came

Exploring the landscape and village of West Stafford, in the heart of Hardy country on the River Frome. Pass the pub with origins of a wise man and even a poem written by possibly the man himself. Cross the railway to the ancient, hidden Sandy Barrow and over the hilltop the deserted remains of Whitcombe. … Continue reading West Stafford to Winterborne Came