Distance: 5.5 Miles/8kmTime: 2.5 hoursTotal climb: 281ft. Max height: 345ft.Min height: 110ft. Terrain: Track, path and field, can get muddy and wet and at risk of being overgrown.Exertion: EasyStart: The True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston. (Postcode: DT11 8SG, Grid Reference: ST932046, What Three Words: probing.growth.arranger) Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get … Continue reading Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings
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
A hillfort is a type of earthwork once used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for defensive advantage. Hillforts developed in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, roughly at the start of the first millennium BC, some later used in the post-Roman period. The fortification usually … Continue reading Dorset Hill Forts
Eight villages line the valley, all gaining their name from the river. Once the location of an abbey, a monastery and the existence of a surviving medieval pack horse bridge, it suggests activity and life has been here for centuries. Going back even earlier in time, ancient earthworks sit abreast the hill tops and Roman … Continue reading The Tarrant Valley
This short walk is crammed full of interest and history. Beginning on the old railway and meeting Crawford castle, it then takes you across the River Stour to a special church with a hidden secret. On your return you pass a famous perfumery, with a café which serves products that use flora grown in their … Continue reading Spetisbury old Railway line, Crawford Castle, St Mary’s Church and Keyneston Mill
Distance: 4 milesTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 570ftMax height: 860ftMin height: 330ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Hard, some steep climbs.Start: Spread Eagle Hill car park (SP7 0DT).Map: OS Explorer OL118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get there: Travelling from Blandford on the top Shaftesbury road (Shaftesbury Lane), pass the turning to Ashmore and the car … Continue reading Fontmell Downs, Compton Abbas and Melbury Hill
Distance: 1.5 miles/2.5km (once at the top of the hill, the route can be as long or as short as you like).Time: 1 hourTotal climb: 350ftMax height: 600ftMin height: 260ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Lay-by north of Child Okeford.Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get there: From the A357 Blandford … Continue reading Hambledon Hill with the kids.
Distance: 4.5 miles/7km Time: 2 hours Total climb: 345.5 ft Max height: 375 ft Mum height: 225 ft Terrain: Track, path and field. Exertion: Medium. Some mud after rain. Start: Tarrant Gunville Church (Grid Ref: ST925136, Postcode DT118JJ). Parking is limited. Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne Chase How to get there: From the … Continue reading Tarrant Gunville