Powerstock, Mappercombe and West Milton

Starting in the secluded village of Powerstock (voted one of the top 20 most beautiful villages in Britain by Conde Nast Traveller magazine) walk to its castle, stayed in by kings, and then to the old railway and the house with the station in its garden. Discover Mappercombe Manor with its wide open views across … Continue reading Powerstock, Mappercombe and West Milton

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

Lulworth and Bindon

From Lulworth Cove, discover Little Bindon, a small monastery founded nearly 1000 years ago. Today it is a fenced off ruin, hidden amongst overgrown trees and in the company of deer. Continue to Pepler’s Point to appreciate the cove from up high. Find the ancient fossil forest and a hidden smugglers cave before climbing the … Continue reading Lulworth and Bindon

Lyscombe Bottom

Distance: 3.5 miles/5.7km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Medium Terrain: Path, track and field. Total Climb: 750ft Max Height: 850ft Min Height: 420ft Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point: Folly (Postcode: DT2 7RN, Grid reference: ST728032, What Three Words: vibrating.paintings.reinvest.) How to Get There:  From Dorchester head north on the top … Continue reading Lyscombe Bottom

Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Distance: 4 miles/6kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 450ft. Max height: 490ft.Min height: 60ft Terrain: Track, path, and field.Exertion: Medium, one big climb.Start: National Trust Castle Car park (Postcode: BH20 5ED. Grid Reference: SY959824) Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Wareham travel south on the A351 for about 4 miles. The … Continue reading Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Wimborne St Giles and Knowlton

Distance: 5 miles/8kmTime: 2 hoursTotal climb: 270ft. Max height: 325ft.Min height: 140ft. Terrain: Track, road and field.Exertion EasyStart: St Giles Parish Church (Postcode: BH21 5NR, Grid reference: SU031119) Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury & Cranborne ChaseHow to get there: From Wimborne Minster, travel north on the B3078 for approximately 9 miles. Passing Knowlton circles on … Continue reading Wimborne St Giles and Knowlton

Warmwell, Moigne Down and Owermoigne

Distance: 6 miles/5km, although shorter routes possible by cutting corners (see map).Time: 3 hoursTotal climb: 350ft.Max height: 450ft.Min height: 160ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Medium.Start: Opposite the old Post office. Postcode DT2 8HQ, Grid Reference: SY753859Map: Explorer OL15 Purbeck & South DorsetHow to get there: From Dorchester, take the A352 to Broadmayne. Stay on … Continue reading Warmwell, Moigne Down and Owermoigne

St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

Distance: 2 to 3.5 miles/3 to 5.5kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 482ft.Max height: 620ft.Min height: 300ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: Ashley Chase Road (Postcode: DT3 4JZ, Grid reference: SY557872)Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck & South DorsetHow to get there: From Abbotsbury, follow the B3157 westward for about 1½ miles. After passing the view point … Continue reading St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury