Kingston Lacy to Badbury Rings

Skim the southern corner of the Kingston Lacy estate, walking between the historically feuding neighbours land of the Bankes and the Charboroughs. Explore the medieval routes that once connected the estates to the surrounding land. Walk through the beech tree avenue, one of the most iconic scenes in the county, to reach Badbury Rings. Follow … Continue reading Kingston Lacy to Badbury Rings

Corscombe

Starting at The Fox Inn that sits on the river banks, wander around the small village of Corscombe, along ancient Holloways and over old stone bridges. Follow trickling streams through the medieval landscape once controlled by Sherborne Abbey and the monks that lived at The Grange. Visit the mysterious, prehistoric stones, giant megaliths standing proud … Continue reading Corscombe

Woodsford Castle

Starting in the youthful settlement of Crossways, explore Thomas Hardy’s Vale of the Great Dairies; over rivers and railways, amongst castles and earthworks. Discover medieval manor houses and timber framed barns, which have stood for centuries, before joining the wide and slow River Frome. Wander through the deserted village of West Woodsford to find its … Continue reading Woodsford Castle

Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

From the Mason's pub of the Square and Compass, in the limestone village of Worth Matravers, visit Winspit Caves. Looking out to sea, the ghost like movie set was once a bustle of activity providing stone for the most prestigious of buildings, all over the world. Follow the paths of local smugglers and passing pirates … Continue reading Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

Furzebrook and the Blue Pool

Start in the small village of Furzebrook which was once the epicentre of the clay industry, the area producing the raw materials required for the famous Wedgewood brand amongst others. Pass the village’s manor, so thoroughly used and abused during the Second World War, that the family didn’t want it back. Make your way past … Continue reading Furzebrook and the Blue Pool

Portesham, The Hell Stone and Hardy’s Monument

Explore the village of Portesham before climbing its chalk hills to reach the dolmen of Hells Stone. Pass ruins and earthworks to reach Hardy’s monument, claimed to have the best views in the county. Continue through the ancient landscape, scattered with historic and spiritual connections. Admire the views spanning the Jurassic Coastline before discovering a … Continue reading Portesham, The Hell Stone and Hardy’s Monument

Steeple

Distance: 3 milesTime: 1 hourTotal climb: 350ftMax height: 400ftMin height: 175ftTerrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Climbs can be hard.Start: Kimmeridge Quarry – free parking (Postcode: BH20 5NZ, Grid reference: SY918800)Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Wareham, take the first right out of Stoborough. Follow the road for about … Continue reading Steeple

The Isle of Portland

Split from the rest of the county, on an outcrop exposed to the mighty wind waves from South America, the Isle of Portland can be a harsh and dramatic environment. The landscape contains so many secrets with many more to probably still to discover. Explore the island, from the prisons to the cliffs and the … Continue reading The Isle of Portland