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

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

Corscombe

Starting at Mark Hix’s The Fox Inn, wander around the small village of Corscombe, along ancient Holloways and over old stone bridges. Follow trickling streams through the medieval landscape once controlled by Sherborne Abbey and the monks that lived at The Grange. Visit the mysterious, prehistoric stones, giant megaliths standing proud in a lush green … Continue reading Corscombe

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

Higher Moor Farm

To celebrate not only the Platinum Jubilee but also 10 years of business at Higher Moor Farm Campsite in Nottington, here is a Higher Moor Farm adventure… Explore the landscape between the sea and the slopes. Skim Radipole, settled by the Romans and used as a busy shipping port, which then developed into small farming … Continue reading Higher Moor Farm

Charmouth Forest

Starting at the peak of Wootton Hill, under the canopy of Charmouth Forest, explore the medieval landscape of Wootton Fitzpaine and Champernhayes. Discover farmhouses, built from monastery remains, and ruins of their intensive activity. Follow the Monkton Wyld River upstream returning to woodland scattered with bluebells, beech, oak and art. Distance: 5 miles/7km Duration: 2-3 … Continue reading Charmouth Forest

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