The Big Map of Dorset

A hand drawn, to scale map of the county of Dorset. Recording a simple selection to only include earthworks, woodland, water, roads, tracks and settlement. It creates a different perspective of the landscape as it draws out historical activity and merges with what exists today. It is more up to date than OS maps it … Continue reading The Big Map of Dorset

Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove – Bike Ride.

From the Smugglers Inn in Osmington Mills, cycle the hills and absorb the sights, to Lulworth Cove. Pass through the village of Osmington to admire the White Horse from the high ridge of Coombe Bottom to then descend and rise again at Ringstead. Enjoy the wide views from St Aldhem’s Head in the East to … Continue reading Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove – Bike Ride.

Portesham, The Hell Stone and Hardy’s Monument

Distance: 6 miles/10 kmTime: 2.5 hoursTotal climb: 700ft. Max height: 800ft.Min height: 200ft. Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium, some steep climbs.Start: The Kings Arms (Postcode: DT3 4LX, Grid Reference: SY602856) Map OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Weymouth take the B3157, Chickerell road. Remain on this road for … Continue reading Portesham, The Hell Stone and Hardy’s Monument

Seatown, Chideock and Golden Cap

From the shingle, fossil lined beach at Seatown make your way inland to discover the medieval Chideock Castle earthworks, marked with a cross to celebrate the martyrs. Continue on to Dorset’s most famous Holloway of Hells Lane, hidden almost underground it would have once been filled with scuttling smugglers. Pass the Manor that replaced the … Continue reading Seatown, Chideock and Golden Cap

Langton Herring and Fleet

Starting in the doubly Thankful Village of Langton Herring, home to the monolith that drinks from the sea, walk to the Fleet Lagoon. Follow the water parallel to Chesil Beach, accompanied by a full range of wildlife. Pass Moonfleet Manor with its smuggling tales, real or not, and on to the fossil filled beach of … Continue reading Langton Herring and Fleet

Warmwell, Moigne Down and Owermoigne

A deserted village with nothing but earthworks to another that still has the homes in shell like form, almost creating a ghost village. Climb Moign Down to the trig point where a number of UFO sightings have been reported, some by reputable sources! Travel back through Owermoigne, home to the oldest inhabited building in Dorset … Continue reading Warmwell, Moigne Down and Owermoigne

Steeple

Distance: 3 milesTime: 1 hourTotal climb: 350ftMax height: 400ftMin height: 175ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Climbs can be hard.Start: Kimmeridge Quarry – free parking (Postcode: BH20 5NZ, Grid reference: SY918800)Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Wareham, take the first right out of Stoborough. Follow the road for about … Continue reading Steeple

The Isle of Portland

Split from the rest of the county, on an outcrop exposed to the mighty wind waves from South America, the Isle of Portland can be a harsh and dramatic environment. The landscape contains so many secrets with many more to probably still to discover. Explore the island, from the prisons to the cliffs and the … Continue reading The Isle of Portland