Powerstock, Mappercombe and West Milton

Starting in the secluded village of Powerstock (voted one of the top 20 most beautiful villages in Britain by Conde Nast Traveller magazine) walk to its castle, stayed in by kings, and then to the old railway and the house with the station in its garden. Discover Mappercombe Manor with its wide open views across … Continue reading Powerstock, Mappercombe and West Milton

West to East Chelborough

East and West Chelborough Distance: 7 miles/10km    Duration: 3 hours Ability: Easy Terrain: Path, track, road and field. Some river crossings (small fords). Total Climb: 450ft Max Height: 580ft Min Height: 220ft Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point:  (Postcode: DT2 0PY, Grid reference: ST541050.) How to Get There: From Dorchester, … Continue reading West to East Chelborough

Cranborne and Castle Hill

Distance: 3.5 miles/ 5km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Easy. Max Height: 265ft Min Height: 155ft Total climb: 180ft Terrain: Path, track, road and field. Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase and OS Explorer OL22 New Forest Start Point: Cranborne village centre car park (Postcode: BH21 5QB, Grid reference: SU056133) How to Get There: … Continue reading Cranborne and Castle Hill

Stephen’s Castle to Edmondsham – From The Monmouth Ash

From the town of Verwood, head into the forest to discover a castle and ancient stone. Wander along the tracks that connect these old settlements to the landscape. Follow the River Crane past Roman remains and industrial history. Arrive at Cranborne to clamber the castle earthworks and return via Edmondsham with its stately country home. … Continue reading Stephen’s Castle to Edmondsham – From The Monmouth Ash

Wareham and Poole Harbour

From the Saxon town of Wareham, follow the River Frome to Poole Harbour, tracing the reverse route of invading Danes. Curve around Swineham Point with views stretching from Arne peninsula, to Brownsea Island and to the shimmering conurbation of Poole. Meet the River Piddle entering  Wareham via the ancient town walls. Pass a stunning example … Continue reading Wareham and Poole Harbour

Seatown, Chideock and Golden Cap

Distance: 5 miles/ 8 km (can be cut shorter using different tracks, see map)Time: 2 hoursTotal climb: 630ft. Max height 620ft.Min height: 0ft. Terrain: Track, path, field and Road.Exertion: Medium – Big climb to Golden CapStart: Seatown carpark a short walk from the beach, providing easy access for visitors of all ages. (Postcode: DT6 6JU, … Continue reading Seatown, Chideock and Golden Cap

Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Distance: 4 miles/6kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 450ft. Max height: 490ft.Min height: 60ft Terrain: Track, path, and field.Exertion: Medium, one big climb.Start: National Trust Castle Car park (Postcode: BH20 5ED. Grid Reference: SY959824) Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Wareham travel south on the A351 for about 4 miles. The … Continue reading Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Coney’s Castle, Lambert’s Castle and Pilson Pen.

Distance: From a mile to as long as you like.Time: At your own leisure.Total climb: Coney's Castle and Lambert’s Castle associated car parks are almost on a level setting with the hillforts. However, Pilsdon Pen does require a short, steep climb to reach the top, approx. 200ft.Max height: Coney’s castle – 689ft. (210m), Lambert’s Castle- … Continue reading Coney’s Castle, Lambert’s Castle and Pilson Pen.