Corscombe

Starting at Mark Hix’s The Fox Inn, wander around the small village of Corscombe, along ancient Holloways and over old stone bridges. Follow trickling streams through the medieval landscape once controlled by Sherborne Abbey and the monks that lived at The Grange. Visit the mysterious, prehistoric stones, giant megaliths standing proud in a lush green … Continue reading Corscombe

Brownsea Island

Explore the history of Brownsea Island. From a defence to a sanctuary, it has seen the rise and fall of both settlement and industry. Managed by landowners who ranged from mad to depressed as well as hosting lavish parties for European royalty to hiding from the world, it has risen from the ashes twice and … Continue reading Brownsea Island

Lewesdon Hill

From the little village of Broadwindsor, where King Charles once dressed as a lady and ran for his life, head up the slopes to Lewesdon Hill. Cross the small brooks that feed the River Axe to join the medieval trackways that merge with ancient routes, leading to the highest point in Dorset. Clamber the earthworks … Continue reading Lewesdon Hill

Woodsford Castle

Starting in the youthful settlement of Crossways, explore Thomas Hardy’s Vale of the Great Dairies; over rivers and railways, amongst castles and earthworks. Discover medieval manor houses and timber framed barns, which have stood for centuries, before joining the wide and slow River Frome. Wander through the deserted village of West Woodsford to find its … Continue reading Woodsford Castle

Dorset Parish List

All Dorset parishes are listed alphabetically. They then reference any adventures that start or finish within the parish, pass through the parish or skim past the parish.

Shipton Gorge

A hidden village at the foot of the little known Shipton Hillfort. The slopes and valleys scattered with woodland, farmsteads and old manor houses. Pass the rare real tennis court, built to impress a king, while negotiating the steep and wild landscape on the old medieval trackways. All in the company of wide open views … Continue reading Shipton Gorge

Durlston

Walk along the cliff tops to admire the treats installed by a local Victorian businessman passionate about stone and landscape. Discover the castle and 40 tonne stone globe, the romantic quotes and recycled posts, all installed for visitors entertainment over a century ago. Wander past the 18th century Tilly Whim caves, used for stone, smuggling … Continue reading Durlston

Forde Abbey and Holditch

Explore Dorset’s far ‘Wild West’, land that was last to be claimed from the forest and is still just as wild. Pass avenues of trees that grow in Forde Abbey’s Gardens. Cross little valleys and explore ancient woodland to Holditch. Visit Holditch Court, with the ruins of an overgrown tower providing clear evidence of its … Continue reading Forde Abbey and Holditch