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

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

The Crown, Blandford

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

Gussage Down

In the north east corner of Dorset sits the ancient landscape of Cranborne Chase. High on it’s chalk hills, wander through the spiritual environments scattered with Bronze Age barrows. Explore the large earthworks of an Iron Age settlement to then join the footsteps of Roman soldiers on Ackling Dyke. Distance:  6.5 miles/10.5 km Duration: 3 … Continue reading Gussage Down

Ansty and Bingham’s Melcombe

Ansty and Bingham’s Melcombe Distance: 3 miles/5 km Duration: 1 hour Ability: Easy. One climb. Terrain: Path, track, road and field. Can get very boggy. Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point: The Fox Inn at Ansty (Postcode: DT2 7PW, Grid reference: ST765032) How to Get There: From Blandford Forum, take … Continue reading Ansty and Bingham’s Melcombe

Wild Swimming

Fiddleford Mill* Of course, care is needed. These places that are recommended are not made for humans! They are natural, they do not adhere to health and safety regulations. If parking is full or difficult, find another spot to visit (not all spots have vehicular access). Please be safe, respect the environment and stick to … Continue reading Wild Swimming

The Farquharson Arms, Pimperne

Distance: 3 miles/5km Time: 1 hour Total climb: 250 ft Max height: 390 ft Min height: 150 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Easy. Some mud after rain. Start: The Farquharson Arms (Grid Ref: ST904089, Postcode DT11 8TX). Map: Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase How to get there: From Salisbury travel south … Continue reading The Farquharson Arms, Pimperne

Bokerley Ditch

Trace the front line of ancient battles by following the path of Bokerley Ditch, an earthwork that helped to create Britain. Wander along the chalk ridge to meet the mystical Penbury Knoll, filled with towering pine trees that whistle in the wind. Return via the hamlet of Pentridge, sitting hidden down a dead end road, … Continue reading Bokerley Ditch