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

Stour Row

Start at the little hamlet of Stour Row, deep in the valley of the meandering River Stour and the landscape of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Discover earthworks of a Romano-British settlement that grew into the medieval period but then became nothing but a scattering of farms. Pass an artistic creation that is a feast for … Continue reading Stour Row

West Stour and Fifehead Magdalen

Follow the flow of the River Stour across Thomas Hardy’s valley of the little dairies. Explore the remains of an ancient country house and the scattered ruins of mills that traced the rivers path. Wander across the flood plains through the woodland and over the little bridges linking the villages and hamlets. Distance:  5 miles/8km … Continue reading West Stour and Fifehead Magdalen

Stock Gaylard, King’s Stag and Lydlinch

Explore the wild and untamed heart of the Blackmore Vale. Find ancient oaks that once filled the landscape with forest. Follow the footsteps of medieval hunters, while on the pursuit for the famous King’s Stag, to uncover the legend living on in the village name. Pass manor houses, sitting high on the river banks looking … Continue reading Stock Gaylard, King’s Stag and Lydlinch

The Crown, Marnhull – Village walk

Distance – 3 miles/5 km Time – 1.5 hours Total climb - 100ft Max height - 290ft Min height - 200ft Terrain - Track, path, road and field. Exertion - Easy Start - The Crown Inn (Grid ref: ST782187, Postcode: DT10 1LN). Map - OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne. How to get there - … Continue reading The Crown, Marnhull – Village walk

The Crown Inn, Marnhull Bike Ride

Distance: 16 miles/23km - shorter or longer routes optional (see map)Time: 3 hoursTotal climb: 400ftMax height: 300ftMin height: 160ftTerrain: Road.Exertion: Easy.Start: At The Crown Inn in Marnhull (DT10 1LH).Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne.How to get there: From Sturminster Newton, travel north on the B3092. On entering the village stay on the same road … Continue reading The Crown Inn, Marnhull Bike Ride