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

West Stafford to Winterborne Came

Exploring the landscape and village of West Stafford, in the heart of Hardy country on the River Frome. Pass the pub with origins of a wise man and even a poem written by possibly the man himself. Cross the railway to the ancient, hidden Sandy Barrow and over the hilltop the deserted remains of Whitcombe. … Continue reading West Stafford to Winterborne Came

Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

From the Mason's pub of the Square and Compass, in the limestone village of Worth Matravers, visit Winspit Caves. Looking out out sea, the ghost like movie set was once a bustle of activity providing stone for the most prestigious of buildings, all over the world. Follow the paths of smugglers and pirates to Dancing … Continue reading Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

Lulworth and Bindon

From Lulworth Cove, discover Little Bindon, a small monastery founded nearly 1000 years ago. Today it is a fenced off ruin, hidden amongst overgrown trees and in the company of deer. Continue to Pepler’s Point to appreciate the cove from up high. Find the ancient fossil forest and a hidden smugglers cave before climbing the … Continue reading Lulworth and Bindon

Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Starting at the base of Dorset's most famous castle, wander through the ancient woodland and local nature reserves, once the setting of clay mines dating back to the Romans. Skim past the peak of Creech Barrow, before climbing Knowle Hill with far reaching views across the Isle of Purbeck. Follow the ridge to return to … Continue reading Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Langton Herring and Fleet

Starting in the doubly Thankful Village of Langton Herring, home to the monolith that drinks from the sea, walk to the Fleet Lagoon. Follow the water parallel to Chesil Beach, accompanied by a full range of wildlife. Pass Moonfleet Manor with its smuggling tales, real or not, and on to the fossil filled beach of … Continue reading Langton Herring and Fleet

Nether Compton

Distance: 3.5 Miles/6kmTime: 1½ hoursTotal climb: 380ft. Max height: 440ft.Min height: 140ft. Terrain: Track, path, and field.Exertion: EasyStart: Park in the village, the road is wide both before and after the church, near The Green. Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and SherborneHow to get there: From the A30, between Yeovil and Sherborne, turn north off … Continue reading Nether Compton

Moor Crichel

Circle the estate of Crichel House, set in its stunning 18th century manmade landscape. Its history includes a tragedy that changed the course of the Royal family. Discover the elegant avenue of Beech trees, leading to the remains of the village. Follow the route of the Roman soldiers along Ackling Dyke towards Badbury Rings, but … Continue reading Moor Crichel