Forde Abbey and Holditch

Explore Dorset’s far ‘Wild West’, land that was last to be claimed from the forest and is still just as wild. Pass avenues of trees that grow in Forde Abbey’s Gardens. Cross little valleys and explore ancient woodland to Holditch. Visit Holditch Court, with the ruins of an overgrown tower providing clear evidence of its … Continue reading Forde Abbey and Holditch

Gillingham

Inspiring the writer Thomas Hardy and the artist John Constable, this small rural town was once hidden in forest. Follow the river Lodden past the hunting lodge turned castle of Kings Court, now nothing but earthworks. Walk on into the old landscape of the wood, scattered with ancient trees and thick hedgerows. Cross the railway … Continue reading Gillingham

The Big Map of Dorset

A hand drawn, to scale map of the county of Dorset. Recording a simple selection to only include earthworks, woodland, water, roads, tracks and settlement. It creates a different perspective of the landscape as it draws out historical activity and merges with what exists today. It is more up to date than OS maps it … Continue reading The Big Map of Dorset

West Stafford to Winterborne Came

Exploring the landscape and village of West Stafford, in the heart of Hardy country on the River Frome. Pass the pub with origins of a wise man and even a poem written by possibly the man himself. Cross the railway to the ancient, hidden Sandy Barrow and over the hilltop the deserted remains of Whitcombe. … Continue reading West Stafford to Winterborne Came

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

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

Rempstone Stone Circle

Beginning at a stunning view point looking across the heathland and the harbour to the small port of Poole, wander through the woodland and farmsteads to reach an ancient stone circle. Pass Rempstone estate that played a large part in WWII, utilised by both Montgomery and Churchill. Climb Nine Barrow Down, through tunnels of trees, … Continue reading Rempstone Stone Circle

Evershot to Rampisham

From Thomas Hardy’s Evershot, pass the source of the River Frome and a church whose tower was designed by the same man who designed Big Ben. Travel over the hills to the hidden hamlet of Rampisham and its packhorse bridge. On to Chantmarle, a stunning Elizabethan manor house with its own canal acting like moat … Continue reading Evershot to Rampisham