Piddlehinton

Cycle, walk or ride through the valley of the River Piddle. Pass thatched cottages and impressive country houses neighbouring crumbling barns and water meadows. Climb the hill to appreciate the wide views over the valley and beyond, the peaks scattered with ancient earthworks. Meander through the large open fields to sink back down to the … Continue reading Piddlehinton

Farnham to Chettle

From Augustus Pitt Rivers’ Victorian Museum Hotel, wander through his own estate village. Discover the roofed stocks and well house, complete with winding cogs, before reaching the church. Pass the old museum that housed his thousands of finds, guarded with gates from the demolished Eastbury House. Follow the medieval droveways to Chettle to find its … Continue reading Farnham to Chettle

Compton Valence to Frampton

Disappear into Compton Valence's secret valleys and interlocking spurs. Climb high to view the hidden countryside, its contours perfect for the Roman's early aqueduct. Descend into Frampton, skirting a nature reserve with its own Roman villa. Explore the landscape of Frampton Park, discovering the elegant Peacock Bridge, the house cursed by a monk until the … Continue reading Compton Valence to Frampton

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

Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

Walk upstream following the River Wey to its source. Climb Bayard Hill to the ridge scattered with ancient tumuli and cut by a Roman road. Cross the bridge over the new A354 to find the site of 54 brutally murdered and decapitated Vikings, with three skulls missing. Follow the route of the old Dorchester road … Continue reading Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

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

Athelhampton

Start at the beautiful, bygone and bustling building of Athelhampton, sitting on the banks of the River Piddle in Hardy’s Vale of the Great Dairies. Follow the river downstream to cross the earthworks of a Roman Road trodden by marching soldiers and a medieval park pale, which enclosed deer for the hunting gentry. Wander up … Continue reading Athelhampton

Bradford Peverell

Starting in one of the oldest villages in the county, climb up from Roman aqueduct remains to discover Neolithic and Bronze Age earthworks. Pass ancient county estates, with a family name that links to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Wander through woodland with fleeting views of the Frome Valley and beyond. Return via the … Continue reading Bradford Peverell