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
From the little village of Symondsbury, walk along the permissive paths of the estate to Dorset’s most impressive Holloways. Hidden deep within the sandstone and amongst the roots of trees, it creates a secret and mystical atmosphere. Climb to the top of Colmer’s Hill, to stand at the peak, in the centre of the pine … Continue reading Colmers Hill
Wander through the hills and valleys of the Marshwood Vale, under the shadow of a number of hillforts. Pass Bettiscombe Manor, home of the fashion designer Jasper Conran, set amongst the small cushioned slopes at the foot of Pilsdon Pen. Follow the river to the hamlet of Pilsdon, where a loving community lives, helping those … Continue reading Bettiscombe
From the shingle, fossil lined beach at Seatown make your way inland to discover the medieval Chideock Castle earthworks, marked with a cross to celebrate the martyrs. Continue on to Dorset’s most famous Holloway of Hells Lane, hidden almost underground it would have once been filled with scuttling smugglers. Pass the Manor that replaced the … Continue reading Seatown, Chideock and Golden Cap
Exploring three Iron Age hilforts that surround the Marshwood Vale. Towering above the landscape the views stretch for miles. Distance: From a mile to as long as you like.Time: At your own leisure.Total climb: Coney's Castle and Lambert’s Castle associated car parks are almost on a level setting with the hillforts. However, Pilsdon Pen does … Continue reading Coney’s Castle, Lambert’s Castle and Pilson Pen.
A hillfort is a type of earthwork once used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for defensive advantage. Hillforts developed in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age, roughly at the start of the first millennium BC, some later used in the post-Roman period. The fortification usually … Continue reading Dorset Hillforts