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

Child Okeford and Hammoon

Follow the River Stour as it meanders through the valley under the shadow of Hambledon Hill. Visit an island nature reserve, with the river lapping at its banks and otters splashing in the water, before arriving at the old Somerset and Dorset railway line. Cross fields and farms to the secret village of Hammoon, hidden … Continue reading Child Okeford and Hammoon

Melcombe Horsey

Explore the landscape of the Melcombes. Several villages with similar names, but all with a different history. Discover the deserted village, the manor and the farm surrounded by footprints of the past. Climb the medieval trackways to reach the Dorsetshire Gap, an ancient junction of five routes, linking the northern and wild Blackmore Vale to … Continue reading Melcombe Horsey

Sturminster Marshall to Charborough

From White Mill, sitting on the River Stour, and the medieval bridge, of the same name, discover the old railway cutting through the floodplains. Walk through the forested park of Henbury, the land developed into the modern age. Meet the boundary of Charborough Park, one of the largest private estates in the county, its 120ft … Continue reading Sturminster Marshall to Charborough

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

Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge

Starting in the Iron Age and Roman landscape near Badbury Rings descend into the valley of the River Allen. Discover the fairy-tale cottage that guards the entrance to Gaunts House and the village church now left to ruin, dedicated to a murdered boy saint. Pass a brick water tower, topped with timber, standing in the … Continue reading Wimborne, Stanbridge and Chilbridge