Dorset’s top 12 spooky places

A selection of tales and mysteries about tragedy and despair. The lives of people that have left their everlasting mark on the landscape, now hidden amongst brambles, whispered in the wind or sparkling in the shadows. From country houses to isolated beaches, lonely roads to hidden earthworks, the county of Dorset is full of ruins … Continue reading Dorset’s top 12 spooky places

Old Harry’s Rocks

From the small coastal village of Studland make your way along the cliffs to Old Harry’s Rocks. Now a stump, a stack and a bit of no man’s land, it once housed a castle. Both the caves below and the name linked to a famous local pirate. Continue along the cliff top past the Pinnacles … Continue reading Old Harry’s Rocks

Coombe Heath and Lulworth Estate

From an isolated location, hidden amongst woodland and decorated with ancient barrows, take advantage of the Lulworth Estate’s permissive paths to its own private lake, fort, wall and lodges, all in different states of repair. Cruise past the impressive castle and its hidden chapel to the northern boundary to discover the ruins of Clare’s Tower … Continue reading Coombe Heath and Lulworth Estate

South Perrott and Chedington

Enjoy a pub crawl through three villages in North West Dorset. Starting in the village of South Perrott and the Coach and Horses Inn, pass the earthwork remains of Mohun Castle on the way to Mosterton. Discover the tractor in the stain glass window of the church sitting opposite the next pub of Admiral Hardy. … Continue reading South Perrott and Chedington

Rempstone Stone Circle

Beginning at a stunning view point looking across the heathland and the harbour to the small port of Poole, wander through the woodland and farmsteads to reach an ancient stone circle. Pass Rempstone estate that played a large part in WWII, utilised by both Montgomery and Churchill. Climb Nine Barrow Down, through tunnels of trees, … Continue reading Rempstone Stone Circle

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