Wool and Bindon Abbey

From the little village of Wool, the name deriving from springs rather than sheep, clamber over its old earthworks to reach the remains of the once impressive monastery of Bindon. Follow the little country lane parallel to the flood plains of the River Frome to discover the ruins of St Mary’s church, buried in brambles, … Continue reading Wool and Bindon Abbey

Wootton Fitzpaine

Starting in the little hamlet of Wootton Fitzpaine, pass the village hall and Old Rectory to find the church and Wootton Manor, hidden from the rest of the village. Climb up Conegar Hill for views across the Marshwood Vale and out to sea, a special spot for a couple’s eternal rest. Follow the high ridge … Continue reading Wootton Fitzpaine

Guy’s Marsh

Wander through the valley of the Stirchell Brook, its name reflecting a small stream that can turn into a torrent. From an old US military hospital, which was innovative in its methods to motivate and rehabilitate, escape into the surrounding landscape. Discover the old village pub, Blacksmith's cottage and mill, all of which have managed … Continue reading Guy’s Marsh

Win Green

From the peak of Cranborne Chase in the heart of an ancient landscape, scattered with pockets of woodland and split by winding lanes, soak up the views across the south of England. Wander down into the wooded valley of Ashcombe Bottom where a Georgian Manor House sits. The estate’s tranquil beauty won the hearts of … Continue reading Win Green

Stanton St Gabriel

Explore a secret section of the Jurassic Coastline, hidden down old tracks that used to connect the seaside settlements. Pass 17th century farms and old stone barns all under the shadow of Golden Cap. Discover ruins of an old village church, its origins linking back to a lone survivor who was washed ashore, his new … Continue reading Stanton St Gabriel

Piddlehinton

Cycle, walk or ride through the valley of the River Piddle. Pass thatched cottages and impressive country houses neighbouring crumbling barns and water meadows. Climb the hill to appreciate the wide views over the valley and beyond, the peaks scattered with ancient earthworks. Meander through the large open fields to sink back down to the … Continue reading Piddlehinton

Batcombe

Explore the hidden lanes of Batcombe, sitting on the lee of Batcombe Hill, fading into dead end roads. Walk through the scattered village, once wild and forested then granted to monks, passing the old pub and across to fields to the railway. Use the old droveways to make your way to the top of West … Continue reading Batcombe

Farnham to Chettle

From Augustus Pitt Rivers’ Victorian Museum Hotel, wander through his own estate village. Discover the roofed stocks and well house, complete with winding cogs, before reaching the church. Pass the old museum that housed his thousands of finds, guarded with gates from the demolished Eastbury House. Follow the medieval droveways to Chettle to find its … Continue reading Farnham to Chettle