Piddlehinton

Cycle, walk or ride through the valley of the River Piddle. Pass thatched cottages and impressive country houses neighbouring crumbling barns and water meadows. Climb the hill to appreciate the wide views over the valley and beyond, the peaks scattered with ancient earthworks. Meander through the large open fields to sink back down to the … Continue reading Piddlehinton

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

Loders

Loders is a small village complete with church, manor and underground tunnels. Clamber through the ancient Holloways that run from the village along the edge of Waddon Hill, linking the valley of the River Asker to the valley of the Mangerton. Discover views across the Marshwood Vale to five prominent hill forts and even to … Continue reading Loders

The World’s End

Walk through the low landscape of the Winterborne valley. Starting at one of the oldest pubs in Dorset, join tracks and trails alongside landscaped estates, into wild woodland and over open fields to Winterborne Zelston, home of the Botany Bay Inn. Trace the footsteps of the fateful, shackled convicts as they made their way to … Continue reading The World’s End

Winterborne Stickland

Starting in the Valley of the Winterborne at Winterborne Stickland discover the ancient cross, associated tree, church, pub and war memorial before climbing up the hill to woodland. Explore the tracks and trails through Charity Wood and on to Milton Wood, divided by a park pale that are the remains of an ancient deer park. … Continue reading Winterborne Stickland

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

West and East Orchard

Walk through the wild landscape of West and East Orchard, deep in the Blackmore Vale. Land that was thick with forest, now tamed and harvested. Follow little lanes that connected fields of orchards, all under the control of ancient Dorset landowners. Look out for the hoof prints of Lazy Lawrence, the horse behind the local … Continue reading West and East Orchard

Melcombe Horsey

Explore the landscape of the Melcombes. Several villages with similar names, but all with a different history. Discover the deserted village, the manor and the farm surrounded by footprints of the past. Climb the medieval trackways to reach the Dorsetshire Gap, an ancient junction of five routes, linking the northern and wild Blackmore Vale to … Continue reading Melcombe Horsey