Yetminster, Thornford and Beer Hackett

Explore one of the top 50 villages in the country, according to the Sunday Times. High up in the valley of the tributaries of the river Yeo and built from golden ham stone, it is home to a school paid for by the scientist Robert Boyle. It is also the birthplace of an accidental biologist … Continue reading Yetminster, Thornford and Beer Hackett

Dorset’s top 12 spooky places

A selection of tales and mysteries about tragedy and despair. The lives of people that have left their everlasting mark on the landscape, now hidden amongst brambles, whispered in the wind or sparkling in the shadows. From country houses to isolated beaches, lonely roads to hidden earthworks, the county of Dorset is full of ruins … Continue reading Dorset’s top 12 spooky places

Cheselbourne

Explore by wheel, hoof or foot the chalk hills and river valleys of central Dorset. Scattered with earthworks and Roman remains, it merges with modern day settlement, woodland and water. Discover the church with an ancient canonical sundial carved into its wall and pass the haunted country house that was inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far … Continue reading Cheselbourne

Stalbridge

Starting in the smallest town in Dorset, buried in the Blackmore Vale, Stalbridge has a selection of historical aspects that have influenced the rest of the country. Explore the landscape to discover the ancient Stalbridge Park wall. The imposing manor of Stalbridge Park (fifth largest building in Dorset at the time) was the home of … Continue reading Stalbridge

Iwerne Minster

Start in the stunning village of Iwerne Minster amongst its beautiful buildings, little stream and even some ghosts. The village was loved and greatly cared for by the once Lord of the Manor, James Ismay. His father made rich by founding White Star Line (the Titanic owner). Pass the impressive manor of Wolverton, now known … Continue reading Iwerne Minster

West Stour and Fifehead Magdalen

Follow the flow of the River Stour across Thomas Hardy’s valley of the little dairies. Explore the remains of an ancient country house and the scattered ruins of mills that traced the rivers path. Wander across the flood plains through the woodland and over the little bridges linking the villages and hamlets. Distance:  5 miles/8km … Continue reading West Stour and Fifehead Magdalen

Chilcombe, Askerswell and Litton Cheney

From the tiny hamlet of Chilcombe, with its farmhouse, chapel and spirit of an old manor, wander up the hill to pass the Iron Age Hillfort of the same name. Cross the A35 to Askerswell, buried and hidden deep in the valleys below Eggardon Hillfort. Explore the secret paths used by smugglers following the little … Continue reading Chilcombe, Askerswell and Litton Cheney

Puddletown Forest, Stinsford and the River Frome

From the depths of Thorncombe Wood discover the poet and author Thomas Hardy’s birthplace. Travel through the little village of Higher Bockhampton to Stinsford, following the footsteps of Roman soldiers. Pass numerous stately homes including Kingston Maurward, Birkin and Stinsford to meet the River Frome. Visit the memorial to Hardy at Stinsford church containing his … Continue reading Puddletown Forest, Stinsford and the River Frome