Brownsea Island

Explore the history of Brownsea Island. From a defence to a sanctuary, it has seen the rise and fall of both settlement and industry. Managed by landowners who ranged from mad to depressed as well as hosting lavish parties for European royalty to hiding from the world, it has risen from the ashes twice and … Continue reading Brownsea Island

Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

From the Mason's pub of the Square and Compass, in the limestone village of Worth Matravers, visit Winspit Caves. Looking out out sea, the ghost like movie set was once a bustle of activity providing stone for the most prestigious of buildings, all over the world. Follow the paths of smugglers and pirates to Dancing … Continue reading Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge

Old Harry’s Rocks

From the small coastal village of Studland make your way along the cliffs to Old Harry’s Rocks. Now a stump, a stack and a bit of no man’s land, it once housed a castle. Both the caves below and the name linked to a famous local pirate. Continue along the cliff top past the Pinnacles … Continue reading Old Harry’s Rocks

Fifehead Neville

Explore the little villages of the Fifeheads. Discover a giant mausoleum in the churchyard and the pack horse bridge over the River Devilish (one of only three in the county). Pass the site of one of Dorset’s most impressive Roman villas that has unearthed Roman jewellery, elegant stone columns and elaborate mosaics. Return via medieval … Continue reading Fifehead Neville

Cranborne and Castle Hill

Follow the footsteps of ancient kings. Discover the remains of the 12th century castle that dominated the hunting grounds of Cranborne Chase. Explore the village that was once a powerful administrate office, blessed with manors and lodges, that, over time, slowly shrank back into the landscape. Distance: 3.5 miles/ 5km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Easy. … Continue reading Cranborne and Castle Hill

St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

Behind the popular village of Abbotsbury discover a secret ruined chapel, forgotten by generations and overtaken by nature. The village it once served now just mystical lumps and bumps in the undergrowth. Nearby is Ashley Chase House, the previous owners, who preserved the church and are buried amongst the remains, also played a heroic part … Continue reading St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

Spetisbury old Railway line, Crawford Castle, St Mary’s Church and Keyneston Mill

This short walk is crammed full of interest and history. Beginning on the old railway and meeting Crawford castle, it then takes you across the River Stour to a special church with a hidden secret. On your return you pass a famous perfumery, with a café which serves products that use flora grown in their … Continue reading Spetisbury old Railway line, Crawford Castle, St Mary’s Church and Keyneston Mill

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