The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

A celebration of cheese! Saturday 10th September - Sunday 11th September 2022 Set in Sturminster Newton in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, the Cheese Festival was introduced to reflect the market town and the surrounding landscape’s heritage, showcasing award winning local produce. The Blackmore Vale is split from the south by the Iron Age … Continue reading The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

‘The World’s Leading and Largest Heritage event, showcasing Great Britain’s Rich Industrial, Agricultural and Leisure History’ Steam Fair Site Layout. For the larger map of the main area see below. The great Dorset Steam fair Heavy Haulage Arena You can hear it and you can smell it before you see it. The Great Dorset Steam … Continue reading The Great Dorset Steam Fair

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

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