Nestled in the low valley of the Stour, hidden behind the large estate of Kingston Lacy and neighboured by the conurbation of Wimborne, Pamphill is a little gem, glistening along with the water. Buried in woodland with a 17th century manor house and fed by a small local farm shop, its history was endorsed by … Continue reading Pamphill
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Distance: 5 miles/8 kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 420ft.Max height: 870ft.Min height: 460ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium - one steep climb.Start: Hillfield Hill Nature Reserve (Postcode: DT2 7BG, Grid reference: ST636039).Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere RegisHow to get there: Hillfield Hill is on a small road that joins the A37 to … Continue reading Up Cerne