Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

Starting in the Iron Age and Roman landscape near Badbury Rings descend into the valley of the River Allen. Discover the fairy-tale cottage that guards the entrance to Gaunts House and the village church now left to ruin, dedicated to a murdered boy saint. Pass a brick water tower, topped with timber, standing in the … Continue reading Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

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

Hazelbury Bryan

Wander around the small hamlets that combine to make the parish of Hazelbury Bryan. From escaping the Black Death and the flames they used to extinguish it, the settlement has shifted away from the church leaving it isolated and alone. Skim the tip of the valley of the River Lydden that fed the old mill, … Continue reading Hazelbury Bryan

Bishop’s Caundle

Cut through a corner of the Blackmore Vale, along peaceful country lanes, ancient tracks and old drove roads. Pass historic farms, country manors and the oldest working post-box in the country. Discover two medieval packhorse bridges, a lost turnpike road and the vineyards that produce the grapes for Sherborne Castle. Distance:  6 miles/9km Duration: 2-3 … Continue reading Bishop’s Caundle

Winfrith

Beginning in an ancient environment of barrows and barren heath, climb Blacknoll Hill to reveal the landscape of the future. Skim the remains of a nuclear power station to the railway and around the innovation park, researching and developing the technology of tomorrow. Pass the Police Headquarters, itself soon to be updated, to arrive at … Continue reading Winfrith

Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton

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

Lewesdon Hill

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

Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort

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