Forde Abbey and Holditch

Explore Dorset’s far ‘Wild West’, land that was last to be claimed from the forest and is still just as wild. Pass avenues of trees that grow in Forde Abbey’s Gardens. Cross little valleys and explore ancient woodland to Holditch. Visit Holditch Court, with the ruins of an overgrown tower providing clear evidence of its … Continue reading Forde Abbey and Holditch

Stratton, Grimstone Down and Forcey’s Tower

Explore the chalk ridgeway north of Dorchester, passing small settlements and climbing ancient earthworks. Discover an isolated tower, fitted with its own bell. Placed here in memory of a farming family and in celebration of farming methods, benefiting the countryside. Climb back up the slopes to an ancient crossroads marked with a stone cross and … Continue reading Stratton, Grimstone Down and Forcey’s Tower

Horton and Monmouth’s Ash

Discover Horton Tower, a Georgian folly, standing at the ridge of a hill providing views over Cranborne Chase, precisely what the owner desired. Continue through Ferndown Forest, where the chalky Chase begins its transition into the sandy New Forest. Wander through the low valleys to the spot where the cowering Duke of Monmouth was discovered, … Continue reading Horton and Monmouth’s Ash