Iwerne Minster

Start in the stunning village of Iwerne Minster amongst its beautiful buildings, little stream and even some ghosts. The village was loved and greatly cared for by the once Lord of the Manor, James Ismay. His father made rich by founding White Star Line (the Titanic owner). Pass the impressive manor of Wolverton, now known … Continue reading Iwerne Minster

Lyon’s Gate

Set in the ancient forest of Blackmore, or historically known as Blackmore Regis, was the Friary of hermits whose traces of life still exist today. Discover their well, hidden in the high valley of The Caundle Brook and the old lime kiln of industry gone by. Pass through the village of Lyon’s Gate, under the … Continue reading Lyon’s Gate

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

Turnworth

In the deep dark valley of Turnworth, an inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s most mysterious novel ‘The Woodlanders', climb up the western slopes to Bell Hill. The ridge splits this section of Dorset in two, to the south are the large open dairies, to the north is the Blackmore Vale filled with patchwork fields and forest. … Continue reading Turnworth

The Crown, Blandford

From the centre of Blandford, travel by foot, wheel or hoof over the meadows and out of town. Cross over the old railway and up the hill, where many Roman treasures have been discovered. Make your way through the ancient landscape of Little Down, skimming the estate of Inside Park, its manor having burnt to … Continue reading The Crown, Blandford

Mistleberry

Nestled on the Northern boundary of Dorset, butting with Wiltshire in the heart of the ancient landscape of Cranborne Chase, lies Mistleberry Hillfort and Chase Woods. A landscape which links old England to today in forms of exposed earthworks and buried barrows. Discover the hidden beech avenue planted by General Pitt-Rivers and follow the medieval … Continue reading Mistleberry

Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Starting at Okeford Fitzpaine, a village full of timber framed buildings, thatched roofs and medieval doorways, make your way to the Iron Age Hillfort of Banbury; one of many hillforts that follow the River Stour. While enjoying the views across the Blackmore Vale and beyond, travel to Belchalwell, a small settlement with an 12th century … Continue reading Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Dewlish

Set deep amongst the hills of the Dorset Downs, Dewlish was once home to an impressive Roman settlement which has produced stunning evidence of life. An unearthed mosaic went on its own journey only to be stopped by the government. Today Dewlish is dominated by a large country estate, which has also had its troubles. … Continue reading Dewlish