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
Starting at the third highest point in Dorset, wander along its peak through the ancient landscape that contains a 3000 year old tree, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hillfort. Skim the woodland following the paths down to the Saxon villages of Woolland and Ibberton, with each church containing its own treasure, including … Continue reading Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton
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
From little Bincombe village, climb the hill to appreciate panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline. Pass a golf course that has carved its own way into history to then explore woodland and ruins. Pass numerous earthworks and barrows, one with associations of fairies and has even been known to sing. Follow the ridge and skim … Continue reading Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort
Hengistbury Head, once a bustling settlement during the Stone Age, Iron Age and Roman period and now a peaceful nature reserve. Stroll along the beach with views across the sea to the Isle of Wight and round to Christchurch Harbour. Return via Warren Hill and through the ancient landscape looking over to the Purbecks, deeper … Continue reading Hengistbury Head
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.
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
A hand drawn, to scale map of the county of Dorset. Recording a simple selection to only include earthworks, woodland, water, roads, tracks and settlement. ***Now property of Dorset County Museum*** It creates a different perspective of the landscape as it highlights historical activity and merges it with what exists today. It is correct at … Continue reading The Big Map of Dorset