Bishop’s Caundle

Cut through a corner of the Blackmore Vale, along peaceful country lanes, ancient tracks and old drove roads. Pass historic farms, country manors and the oldest working post-box in the country. Discover two medieval packhorse bridges, a lost turnpike road and the vineyards that produce the grapes for Sherborne Castle. Distance:  6 miles/9km Duration: 2-3 … Continue reading Bishop’s Caundle

Stour Row

Start at the little hamlet of Stour Row, deep in the valley of the meandering River Stour and the landscape of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Discover earthworks of a Romano-British settlement that grew into the medieval period but then became nothing but a scattering of farms. Pass an artistic creation that is a feast for … Continue reading Stour Row

Winfrith

Beginning in an ancient environment of barrows and barren heath, climb Blacknoll Hill to reveal the landscape of the future. Skim the remains of a nuclear power station to the railway and around the innovation park, researching and developing the technology of tomorrow. Pass the Police Headquarters, itself soon to be updated, to arrive at … Continue reading Winfrith

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

Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton

Starting at the third highest point in Dorset, wander along its peak through the ancient landscape that contains a 3000 year old tree, Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hillfort. Skim the woodland following the paths down to the Saxon villages of Woolland and Ibberton, with each church containing its own treasure, including … Continue reading Bulbarrow, Woolland and Ibberton

Lewesdon Hill

From the little village of Broadwindsor, where King Charles once dressed as a lady and ran for his life, head up the slopes to Lewesdon Hill. Cross the small brooks that feed the River Axe to join the medieval trackways that merge with ancient routes, leading to the highest point in Dorset. Clamber the earthworks … Continue reading Lewesdon Hill

Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort

From little Bincombe village, climb the hill to appreciate panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline. Pass a golf course that has carved its own way into history to then explore woodland and ruins. Pass numerous earthworks and barrows, one with associations of fairies and has even been known to sing. Follow the ridge and skim … Continue reading Bincombe and Chalbury Hillfort

Lulworth Cove to Osmington Mills – Bike Ride

From the Lulworth Cove Inn cycle the chalk hills and absorb the sights along the Jurassic coastline to the Smugglers Inn. Climb out the valley to Daggers Gate, with its own little legend, to begin the rural route along paths of the original Customs Officials while they patrolled the cliff tops for smugglers. Pass Durdle … Continue reading Lulworth Cove to Osmington Mills – Bike Ride