Batcombe

Explore the hidden lanes of Batcombe, sitting on the lee of Batcombe Hill, fading into dead end roads. Walk through the scattered village, once wild and forested then granted to monks, passing the old pub and across to fields to the railway. Use the old droveways to make your way to the top of West … Continue reading Batcombe

Laymore

Wander through the deep, dark, hidden landscape of North West Dorset. Pass manors and mills, with tales of arson and mystery, alongside rivers and railways all under the shadow of two of the highest peaks in the county. Join the cows in the fields that produce the milk for special vodka, which has won international … Continue reading Laymore

Child Okeford and Hammoon

Follow the River Stour as it meanders through the valley under the shadow of Hambledon Hill. Visit an island nature reserve, with the river lapping at its banks and otters splashing in the water, before arriving at the old Somerset and Dorset railway line. Cross fields and farms to the secret village of Hammoon, hidden … Continue reading Child Okeford and Hammoon

Winfrith Newburgh

Hidden behind the hills of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are the villages of Winfrith Newburgh and Chaldon Herring. Wander between the thatched roofs and cob walls to the manor houses, churches and ruins. Explore the landscape that was once a playground for 19th century artists, poets, authors and sculptors to climb the hill to … Continue reading Winfrith Newburgh

Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

Walk upstream following the River Wey to its source. Climb Bayard Hill to the ridge scattered with ancient tumuli and cut by a Roman road. Cross the bridge over the new A354 to find the site of 54 brutally murdered and decapitated Vikings, with three skulls missing. Follow the route of the old Dorchester road … Continue reading Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

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

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

Dorset Parish List

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.