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

Distance: 3.5 miles/ 5km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Easy. Max Height: 265ft Min Height: 155ft Total climb: 180ft Terrain: Path, track, road and field. Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury & Cranborne Chase and OS Explorer OL22 New Forest Start Point: Cranborne village centre car park (Postcode: BH21 5QB, Grid reference: SU056133) How to Get There: … 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

Distance - 5.75 Miles/9 km Time - 2.5 hours Total climb - 350ft Max height - 250ft Min height - 110ft Terrain - Track, path, road and field. Exertion - Easy Start - Lay-by on the eastern edge of the village next to the village hall, helpfully marked by a post box. (Grid ref: SU033075, … Continue reading Horton and Monmouth’s Ash