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

Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings

Distance: 5.5 Miles/8kmTime: 2.5 hoursTotal climb: 281ft. Max height: 345ft.Min height: 110ft. Terrain: Track, path and field, can get muddy and wet and at risk of being overgrown.Exertion: EasyStart: The True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston. (Postcode: DT11 8SG, Grid Reference: ST932046, What Three Words: probing.growth.arranger) Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get … Continue reading Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings

Stock Gaylard and Lydlinch

Distance:  5 Miles/8kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 180ft. Max height: 280ft.Min height: 190ft. Terrain: Track, path and field, can get muddy and wet.Exertion: MediumStart: Lydlinch Common, just off the road near the green. (Postcode: DT10 2JA, Grid Reference: ST743135, What Three Words: secondly.unwraps.halt) Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and SherborneHow to get there: From Sturminster Newton, … Continue reading Stock Gaylard and Lydlinch

Fifehead Neville

Distance:  5.5 miles/8 km Duration: 3 hours Ability: Easy Terrain: Path, track and field. Total Climb: 143ft Max Height: 320ft Min Height: 200ft Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne Start Point: (Postcode DT10 2AL, Grid reference: ST768109, What Three Words: sprouting.calms.inspects.) How to Get There: From Sturminster Newton, go over the bridge and turn … Continue reading Fifehead Neville