Kingston Lacy to Badbury Rings

Skim the southern corner of the Kingston Lacy estate, walking between the historically feuding neighbours land of the Bankes and the Charboroughs. Explore the medieval routes that once connected the estates to the surrounding land. Walk through the beech tree avenue, one of the most iconic scenes in the county, to reach Badbury Rings. Follow … Continue reading Kingston Lacy to Badbury Rings

Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

Starting in the Iron Age and Roman landscape near Badbury Rings descend into the valley of the River Allen. Discover the fairy-tale cottage that guards the entrance to Gaunts House and the village church now left to ruin, dedicated to a murdered boy saint. Pass a brick water tower, topped with timber, standing in the … Continue reading Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

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. ***Now property of Dorset County Museum*** It creates a different perspective of the landscape as it highlights historical activity and merges it with what exists today. It is correct at … Continue reading The Big Map of Dorset

Pamphill

Nestled in the low valley of the Stour, hidden behind the large estate of Kingston Lacy and neighboured by the conurbation of Wimborne, Pamphill is a little gem, glistening along with the water. Buried in woodland with a 17th century manor house and fed by a small local farm shop, its history was endorsed by … Continue reading Pamphill

Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings

Starting at The True Lovers Knot in Tarrant Keyneston, follow the Tarrant Valley upstream to the Roman road that connected Badbury Rings to Hod Hill. Climb the chalk slopes and cross a golf course to the ramparts of Buzbury Rings, its surrounding earthworks suggesting a Neolithic causeway, linking the River Stour to the ancient landscape … Continue reading Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings

Dorset Hill Forts

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

The Tarrant Valley

Eight villages line the valley, all gaining their name from the river. Once the location of an abbey, a monastery and the existence of a surviving medieval pack horse bridge, it suggests activity and life has been here for centuries. Going back even earlier in time, ancient earthworks sit abreast the hill tops and Roman … Continue reading The Tarrant Valley

Spetisbury old Railway line, Crawford Castle, St Mary’s Church and Keyneston Mill

This short walk is crammed full of interest and history. Beginning on the old railway and meeting Crawford castle, it then takes you across the River Stour to a special church with a hidden secret. On your return you pass a famous perfumery, with a café which serves products that use flora grown in their … Continue reading Spetisbury old Railway line, Crawford Castle, St Mary’s Church and Keyneston Mill