Nestled in the low valley of the Stour, hidden behind the large estate of Kingston Lacy and neighboured by the conurbation of Wimborne, Pamphill is a little gem, glistening along with the water. Buried in woodland with a 17th century manor house and fed by a small local farm shop, its history was endorsed by … Continue reading Pamphill

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

Hambledon and Hod Hill

Distance - 5 miles (a shorter walk for Hambledon also available) Duration - 2 hours. Exertion - Medium. Terrain - Path, track and field. Dogs - Be aware of livestock and keep to the countryside code. Few gates, no stiles. Map - OL Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranbourne Chase Start - Car park at the … Continue reading Hambledon and Hod Hill

Pulham, Dungeon Hill and Castle Hill

Distance: 5.5 miles/8 kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 175ft.Max height: 450ft.Min height: 300ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: The Halsey Arms, Pulham (Postcode: DT2 7DZ, Grid reference: ST707086).Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere RegisHow to get there: From Sherborne take the A3030 to Blandford Forum. After approximately 4 miles, turn right towards King … Continue reading Pulham, Dungeon Hill and Castle Hill

Dorset Hill Forts

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 Hill Forts

Dogbury Hill Fort

Distance: 3 milesTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 380ft.Max height: 800ft.Min height: 475 ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Layby/Pull-in off the top Sherborne to Dorset road, near Buckland Newton (Postcode: DT2 7TW, Grid Reference: ST674045).Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis How to get there: From Sherborne, take the A352 to Dorchester. After … Continue reading Dogbury Hill Fort

The Tarrant Valley

Eight villages line the valley, all gaining their name from the river. Once the location of an abbey, a monastery and the existence of a surviving medieval pack horse bridge, it suggests activity and life has been here for centuries. Going back even earlier in time, ancient earthworks sit abreast the hill tops and Roman … Continue reading The Tarrant Valley