Bradford Peverell

Starting in one of the oldest villages in the county, climb up from Roman aqueduct remains to discover Neolithic and Bronze Age earthworks. Pass ancient county estates, with a family name that links to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wander through woodland with fleeting views of the Frome Valley and beyond. Return via the … Continue reading Bradford Peverell

Cerne Abbas, Bramble Bottom and St Catherine

After visiting the ancient abbey remains and the magical St Augustine’s Well, explore the southern landscape of Cerne Abbas. Pass the 13th century Tithe Barn and clamber the medieval earthworks of the deserted village before exploring the woodland and River Cerne’s valley, the water having supplied breweries for centuries. Circle the prehistoric landscape of Green … Continue reading Cerne Abbas, Bramble Bottom and St Catherine

Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton

Starting at the third highest point in Dorset, wander along its peak through the ancient landscape that contains a 3000 year old tree, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hillfort. Skim the woodland following the paths down to the Saxon villages of Woolland and Ibberton, with each church containing its own treasure, including … Continue reading Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton

Lewesdon Hill

From the little village of Broadwindsor, where King Charles once dressed as a lady and ran for his life, head up the slopes to Lewesdon Hill. Cross the small brooks that feed the River Axe to join the medieval trackways that merge with ancient routes, leading to the highest point in Dorset. Clamber the earthworks … Continue reading Lewesdon Hill

Lady Wimborne Bridge

Follow the River Stour to discover a forgotten bridge, built by the Lord of the Manor's mother to impress their arriving guests. With the railway now gone, trace the tracks to the river banks to return to Canford Manor. Encounter the modern day graffiti decorated road bridges and cross the Victorian suspension bridge, wobbling over … Continue reading Lady Wimborne Bridge

Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort

From little Bincombe village, climb the hill to appreciate panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline. Pass a golf course that has carved its own way into history to then explore woodland and ruins. Pass numerous earthworks and barrows, one with associations of fairies and has even been known to sing. Follow the ridge and skim … Continue reading Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort

Chalbury and Holt Forest

On the southern edge of Cranborne Chase, explore the thick, ancient forest of Holt. Walk through the traditional village of Hinton Martell to discover a decorative Mediterranean fountain, adapted for the animals. Pass the impressive Gaunt's House, once owned by royalty and now a spiritual retreat. Wander between gnarly oaks and fern lined paths, over … Continue reading Chalbury and Holt Forest

Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head, once a bustling settlement during the Stone Age, Iron Age and Roman period and now a peaceful nature reserve. Stroll along the beach with views across the sea to the Isle of Wight and round to Christchurch Harbour. Return via Warren Hill and through the ancient landscape looking over to the Purbecks, deeper … Continue reading Hengistbury Head