Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

Starting in the Iron Age and Roman landscape near Badbury Rings descend into the valley of the River Allen. Discover the fairy-tale cottage that guards the entrance to Gaunts House and the village church now left to ruin, dedicated to a murdered boy saint. Pass a brick water tower, topped with timber, standing in the … Continue reading Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

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

Athelhampton

Start at the beautiful, bygone and bustling building of Athelhampton, sitting on the banks of the River Piddle in Hardy’s Vale of the Great Dairies. Follow the river downstream to cross the earthworks of a Roman Road trodden by marching soldiers and a medieval park pale, which enclosed deer for the hunting gentry. Wander up … Continue reading Athelhampton

Higher Moor Farm

To celebrate not only the Platinum Jubilee but also 10 years of business at Higher Moor Farm Campsite in Nottington, here is a Higher Moor Farm adventure… Explore the landscape between the sea and the slopes. Skim Radipole, settled by the Romans and used as a busy shipping port, which then developed into small farming … Continue reading Higher Moor Farm

Bishop’s Caundle

Cut through a corner of the Blackmore Vale, along peaceful country lanes, ancient tracks and old drove roads. Pass historic farms, country manors and the oldest working post-box in the country. Discover two medieval packhorse bridges, a lost turnpike road and the vineyards that produce the grapes for Sherborne Castle. Distance:  6 miles/9km Duration: 2-3 … Continue reading Bishop’s Caundle

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

Bourton and Wyndham’s Oak

Starting in the small hamlet of Silton, hidden in the northern corner of the Blackmore Vale, follow the medieval roads through the landscape to Bourton. Join the little River Stour and follow it up stream to remains of a bustling industry that kept the village alive. Skim the three corners of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset, … Continue reading Bourton and Wyndham’s Oak

Bradford Peverell

Starting in one of the oldest villages in the county, climb up from Roman aqueduct remains to discover Neolithic and Bronze Age earthworks. Pass ancient county estates, with a family name that links to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wander through woodland with fleeting views of the Frome Valley and beyond. Return via the … Continue reading Bradford Peverell