Wool and Bindon Abbey

From the little village of Wool, the name deriving from springs rather than sheep, clamber over its old earthworks to reach the remains of the once impressive monastery of Bindon. Follow the little country lane parallel to the flood plains of the River Frome to discover the ruins of St Mary’s church, buried in brambles, … Continue reading Wool and Bindon Abbey

Wootton Fitzpaine

Starting in the little hamlet of Wootton Fitzpaine, pass the village hall and Old Rectory to find the church and Wootton Manor, hidden from the rest of the village. Climb up Conegar Hill for views across the Marshwood Vale and out to sea, a special spot for a couple’s eternal rest. Follow the high ridge … Continue reading Wootton Fitzpaine

Guy’s Marsh

Wander through the valley of the Stirchell Brook, its name reflecting a small stream that can turn into a torrent. From an old US military hospital, which was innovative in its methods to motivate and rehabilitate, escape into the surrounding landscape. Discover the old village pub, Blacksmith's cottage and mill, all of which have managed … Continue reading Guy’s Marsh

Laymore

Wander through the deep, dark, hidden landscape of North West Dorset. Pass manors and mills, with tales of arson and mystery, alongside rivers and railways all under the shadow of two of the highest peaks in the county. Join the cows in the fields that produce the milk for special vodka, which has won international … Continue reading Laymore

Loders

Loders is a small village complete with church, manor and underground tunnels. Clamber through the ancient Holloways that run from the village along the edge of Waddon Hill, linking the valley of the River Asker to the valley of the Mangerton. Discover views across the Marshwood Vale to five prominent hill forts and even to … Continue reading Loders

Waytown

Follow the little stream of the River Brit. Discover the ancient manors of Slape and Melplash that sit on the river banks, their designed parks still dominating the surrounding landscape. Explore the remains of old industries which used the power of the water but today have been washed away, the ruins now the river path. … Continue reading Waytown

Sturminster Marshall to Charborough

From White Mill, sitting on the River Stour, and the medieval bridge, of the same name, discover the old railway cutting through the floodplains. Walk through the forested park of Henbury, the land developed into the modern age. Meet the boundary of Charborough Park, one of the largest private estates in the county, its 120ft … Continue reading Sturminster Marshall to Charborough

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