Kingston Lacy to Badbury Rings

Skim the southern corner of the Kingston Lacy estate, walking between the historically feuding neighbours land of the Bankes and the Charboroughs. Explore the medieval routes that once connected the estates to the surrounding land. Walk through the beech tree avenue, one of the most iconic scenes in the county, to reach Badbury Rings. Follow … Continue reading Kingston Lacy to Badbury Rings

Wyke and Eccliffe

Starting at Wyke's old brewery, its coach house, pound and pub cut across the landscape, over the railway to reach the River Stour. Find the heart, etched into the stone on Eccliffe Bridge, the mill and river once inspiring John Constable. Discover impressive manors, medieval halls and houses fit for a Queen, with tales of … Continue reading Wyke and Eccliffe

Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

Walk upstream following the River Wey to its source. Climb Bayard Hill to the ridge scattered with ancient tumuli and cut by a Roman road. Cross the bridge over the new A354 to find the site of 54 brutally murdered and decapitated Vikings, with three skulls missing. Follow the route of the old Dorchester road … Continue reading Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

Lyme Regis to Cannington

From the historical town of Lyme Regis, visit Mary Anning as she gazes over the cliffs that are full of fossils. Head to the Cobb, and the wild undercliff, to then turn away from the sea and head inland. Discover the mysterious, yet beautiful, Ware House before arriving at the impressive Cannington Viaduct, its trains … Continue reading Lyme Regis to Cannington

Trent

Explore the mythical village of Trent, complete with King Arthur's Sword of Excalibur. Savour the golden medieval buildings scattered around a Manor House, the roads lined with original flagstones. Discover the church and its rare spire, topped with a copper cockerel weathervane, while internally it is host to a number of treasures. Pass Trent Manor, … Continue reading Trent

Gillingham

Inspiring the writer Thomas Hardy and the artist John Constable, the small, rural town of Gillingham was hidden deep in ancient forest. Follow the River Lodden through the earthworks of Kings Court, the powerful, medieval hunting lodge, which turned into a castle. Walk on into the new landscape carved out of the old woodland, scattered … Continue reading Gillingham

Woodlands and the Remedy Oak

Explore the ancient woodlands of East Dorset, once hunted by kings, young and old, the forest having not changed for centuries. Modern day footpaths are even hard to find, making it a real wild adventure! Discover the font that was apparently used by Saint Aldhelm in the late 600’s and was originally placed in the … Continue reading Woodlands and the Remedy Oak

Coombe Heath and Lulworth Estate

For Camp Bestival maps see bottom of page. From a hidden location, buried in woodland and scattered with ancient barrows, take advantage of Lulworth Estate’s permissive paths through the private grounds, filled with romantic buildings all in different states of repair. Discover the wide open lake with a secret boathouse and fort dressed in battlements. … Continue reading Coombe Heath and Lulworth Estate