Explore by wheel, hoof or foot the chalk hills and river valleys of central Dorset. Scattered with earthworks and Roman remains, it merges with modern day settlement, woodland and water. Discover the church with an ancient canonical sundial carved into its wall and pass the haunted country house that was inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far … Continue reading Cheselbourne
From the tiny hamlet of Chilcombe, with its farmhouse, chapel and spirit of an old manor, wander up the hill to pass the Iron Age Hillfort of the same name. Cross the A35 to Askerswell, buried and hidden deep in the valleys below Eggardon Hillfort. Explore the secret paths used by smugglers following the little … Continue reading Chilcombe, Askerswell and Litton Cheney
From the depths of Thorncombe Wood discover the poet and author Thomas Hardy’s birthplace. Travel through the little village of Higher Bockhampton to Stinsford, following the footsteps of Roman soldiers. Pass numerous stately homes including Kingston Maurward, Birkin and Stinsford to meet the River Frome. Visit the memorial to Hardy at Stinsford church containing his … Continue reading Puddletown Forest, Stinsford and the River Frome
Set deep amongst the hills of the Dorset Downs, Dewlish was once home to an impressive Roman settlement which has produced stunning evidence of life. An unearthed mosaic went on its own journey only to be stopped by the government. Today Dewlish is dominated by a large country estate, which has also had its troubles. … Continue reading Dewlish
Explore the historically rich landscape around Little Bredy. First discover the stunning waterfall, that featured on the Broadchurch TV series, to then climb to hill, following the original drive of Little Bredy manor house, the route hidden in woodland. Reach the peak to be in the company of a prehistoric cemetery, its earthworks scattering the … Continue reading Little Bredy
Distance: 7miles/11.5km (with Forcey’s Tower), 4.5miles/7km (just Grimstone Down) Duration: 3.5 hours Ability: Medium Terrain: Path, track and field. Total Climb: 439ft Max Height: 640ft Min Height: 246ft Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point: The Square, Stratton (Postcode: DT2 9WG, Grid reference: SY650937, What Three Words: spearhead.indoor.unlucky.) How to Get … Continue reading Stratton, Grimstone Down and Forcey’s Tower
From the brand new town of Poundbury, wander into an ancient Roman landscape, following the route of a road and aqueduct. Explore the fields and forests of the hills to dip down into the lush valleys of the Cerne and the Frome. Pass a pond that was the fatal last hurdle on a prisoner’s escape … Continue reading Dorchester, Poundbury, river valleys and ancient settlements.
Distance: 6 miles/10 kmTime: 2.5 hoursTotal climb: 700ft. Max height: 800ft.Min height: 200ft. Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium, some steep climbs.Start: The Kings Arms (Postcode: DT3 4LX, Grid Reference: SY602856) Map OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Weymouth take the B3157, Chickerell road. Remain on this road for … Continue reading Portesham, The Hell Stone and Hardy’s Monument