Dorset’s top 12 spooky places

A selection of tales and mysteries about tragedy and despair. The lives of people that have left their everlasting mark on the landscape, now hidden amongst brambles, whispered in the wind or sparkling in the shadows. From country houses to isolated beaches, lonely roads to hidden earthworks, the county of Dorset is full of ruins … Continue reading Dorset’s top 12 spooky places

Stalbridge

Starting in the smallest town in Dorset, buried in the Blackmore Vale, Stalbridge has a selection of historical aspects that have influenced the rest of the country. Explore the landscape to discover the ancient Stalbridge Park wall. The imposing manor of Stalbridge Park (fifth largest building in Dorset at the time) was the home of … Continue reading Stalbridge

Ansty and Bingham’s Melcombe

Ansty and Bingham’s Melcombe Distance: 3 miles/5 km Duration: 1 hour Ability: Easy. One climb. Terrain: Path, track, road and field. Can get very boggy. Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point: The Fox Inn at Ansty (Postcode: DT2 7PW, Grid reference: ST765032) How to Get There: From Blandford Forum, take … Continue reading Ansty and Bingham’s Melcombe

Wimborne St Giles and Knowlton

A locals favourite. From the small village of Wimborne St Giles, explore the landscape of the Baronet who introduced the cabbage to England! Later ancestors have been hailed as heroes with monuments erected in London, whereas, in contrast, others have been associated with murder, betrayal and tragedy. However, today the property has grown into something … Continue reading Wimborne St Giles and Knowlton

Netherbury, Stoke Abbott and Beaminster

Distance: 5.5 miles/8.5km (shorter route – 4.5 miles/7km)Time: 2.5 hoursTotal climb: 520ftMax height: 541ftMin height: 130ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: St Marys Church, Netherbury (Grid Ref: SY470994, Postcode DT6 5ND). Please park considerately.Map: OS Explorer 116 Lyme Regis and BridportHow to get there: From Bridport, take the A3066 northwards towards Beaminster. Once through … Continue reading Netherbury, Stoke Abbott and Beaminster

Chetnole and the Melburys

Distance: 6 3/4miles/11km Time: 2.5 hours Total climb: 500 ft Max height: 520 ft Min height: 220 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Easy. One big climb. A lot of mud after rain. Start: The Chetnole Inn (Grid Ref:ST602 082, Postcode DT9 6NU). How to get there: The pub sits opposite St Peter's … Continue reading Chetnole and the Melburys