Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Starting at Okeford Fitzpaine, a village full of timber framed buildings, thatched roofs and medieval doorways, make your way to the Iron Age Hillfort of Banbury; one of many hillforts that follow the River Stour. While enjoying the views across the Blackmore Vale and beyond, travel to Belchalwell, a small settlement with an 12th century … Continue reading Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

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

Little Bredy

Distance: 8.75 Miles/14kmTime: 4 hoursTotal climb: 820ft. Max height: 720ft.Min height: 210ft. Terrain: Track, path and field.Exertion: MediumStart: Park in the centre of the village, just off the road on the green. (Postcode: DT2 9HN, Grid Reference: SY587890, What Three Words: newly.aboard.regress) Map: OL15 Explorer Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Dorchester, head … Continue reading Little Bredy

Lyscombe Bottom

Distance: 3.5 miles/5.7km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Medium Terrain: Path, track and field. Total Climb: 750ft Max Height: 850ft Min Height: 420ft Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point: Folly (Postcode: DT2 7RN, Grid reference: ST728032, What Three Words: vibrating.paintings.reinvest.) How to Get There:  From Dorchester head north on the top … Continue reading Lyscombe Bottom

Hambledon and Hod Hill

Distance - 5 miles (a shorter walk for Hambledon also available) Duration - 2 hours. Exertion - Medium. Terrain - Path, track and field. Dogs - Be aware of livestock and keep to the countryside code. Few gates, no stiles. Map - OL Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranbourne Chase Start - Car park at the … Continue reading Hambledon and Hod Hill

Dorchester, Poundbury, river valleys and ancient settlements.

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.

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

Tyneham and Flowers Barrow.

Distance: 4 miles/ 6km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Medium, two hard climbs, but one can be cut out if required. Max Height: 600ft Min Height: 0ft. Total climb: 950ft             Terrain: Path, track and field. Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset Start Point: Tyneham Village car park (Postcode: BH20 5QF, Grid reference: SY882802) How … Continue reading Tyneham and Flowers Barrow.