Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings

Distance: 5.5 Miles/8kmTime: 2.5 hoursTotal climb: 281ft. Max height: 345ft.Min height: 110ft. Terrain: Track, path and field, can get muddy and wet and at risk of being overgrown.Exertion: EasyStart: The True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston. (Postcode: DT11 8SG, Grid Reference: ST932046, What Three Words: probing.growth.arranger) Map: OS Explorer 118 Shaftesbury and Cranborne ChaseHow to get … Continue reading Tarrant Keyneston to Buzbury Rings

Lulworth and Bindon

From Lulworth Cove, discover Little Bindon, a small monastery founded nearly 1000 years ago. Today it is a fenced off ruin, hidden amongst overgrown trees and in the company of deer. Continue to Pepler’s Point to appreciate the cove from up high. Find the ancient fossil forest and a hidden smugglers cave before climbing the … Continue reading Lulworth and Bindon

Anderson and Combs Ditch

Distance:  7 miles/11 km Duration: 3 hours Ability: Easy Terrain: Path, track and field. Total Climb: 320ft Max Height: 434ft Min Height: 153ft Map: OS Explorer 117 Cerne Abbas and Bere Regis Start Point: St Andrew’s Church, Winterborne Tomson (Postcode DT11 9EZ, Grid reference: SY883973, What Three Words: piled.dustbin.wider.) How to Get There:  From Dorchester, … Continue reading Anderson and Combs Ditch

Tyneham and Flowers Barrow.

Distance: 4 miles/ 6km Duration: 2 hours Ability: Medium, two hard climbs, but one can be cut out if required. Max Height: 600ft Min Height: 0ft. Total climb: 950ft             Terrain: Path, track and field. Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset Start Point: Tyneham Village car park (Postcode: BH20 5QF, Grid reference: SY882802) How … Continue reading Tyneham and Flowers Barrow.

Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Distance: 4 miles/6kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 450ft. Max height: 490ft.Min height: 60ft Terrain: Track, path, and field.Exertion: Medium, one big climb.Start: National Trust Castle Car park (Postcode: BH20 5ED. Grid Reference: SY959824) Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South DorsetHow to get there: From Wareham travel south on the A351 for about 4 miles. The … Continue reading Corfe Castle and Knowle Hill

Nether Compton

Distance: 3.5 Miles/6kmTime: 1½ hoursTotal climb: 380ft. Max height: 440ft.Min height: 140ft. Terrain: Track, path, and field.Exertion: EasyStart: Park in the village, the road is wide both before and after the church, near The Green. Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and SherborneHow to get there: From the A30, between Yeovil and Sherborne, turn north off … Continue reading Nether Compton

St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

Distance: 2 to 3.5 miles/3 to 5.5kmTime: 1.5 hoursTotal climb: 482ft.Max height: 620ft.Min height: 300ft.Terrain: Track, path, road and field.Exertion: Easy.Start: Ashley Chase Road (Postcode: DT3 4JZ, Grid reference: SY557872)Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck & South DorsetHow to get there: From Abbotsbury, follow the B3157 westward for about 1½ miles. After passing the view point … Continue reading St Luke’s Chapel, near Abbotsbury

The Tarrant Valley

Eight villages line the valley, all gaining their name from the river. Once the location of an abbey, a monastery and the existence of a surviving medieval pack horse bridge, it suggests activity and life has been here for centuries. Going back even earlier in time, ancient earthworks sit abreast the hill tops and Roman … Continue reading The Tarrant Valley