Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Starting at Okeford Fitzpaine, a village full of timber framed buildings, thatched roofs and medieval doorways, make your way to the Iron Age Hillfort of Banbury; one of many hillforts that follow the River Stour. While enjoying the views across the Blackmore Vale and beyond, travel to Belchalwell, a small settlement with an 12th century … Continue reading Banbury Hillfort, Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Wild Swimming

Fiddleford Mill* Of course, care is needed. These places that are recommended are not made for humans! They are natural, they do not adhere to health and safety regulations. If parking is full or difficult, find another spot to visit (not all spots have vehicular access). Please be safe, respect the environment and stick to … Continue reading Wild Swimming

The North Dorset Trailway

Originally part of the Somerset and Dorset railway line, the trailway stretches from Sturminster Newton to Blandford Forum. It traces the majority of the old railway line, with only a few diversions, due to modern development. The route is all tarmacked so easily accessible to all, cyclists, walkers, riders and wheelchairs. There are also a … Continue reading The North Dorset Trailway

The Bull, Sturminster Newton

Distance: 3 1/2miles/5km Time: 1.5 hours Total climb: 260 ft Max height: 400 ft Min height: 160 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Easy. Some mud after rain. Start: The Bull (Grid Ref: ST785136, Postcode DT10 2BS). How to get there: The pub sits on the opposite side of the road to the … Continue reading The Bull, Sturminster Newton

The Swan, Sturminster Newton

Distance: 4 3/4 miles/7km Time: 2 hours Total climb: 300 ft Max height: 275 ft Min height: 150 ft Terrain: Track, path, road and field. Exertion: Easy. Some mud after rain. Start: The Swan (Grid Ref: ST786142, Postcode DT10 1AR). Map: Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne How to get there: From the A357, cross over … Continue reading The Swan, Sturminster Newton