'Twixt Childe Okeford and Stourpaine

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Set between Childe Okeford and Stourpaine and entirely within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is another walk that is far from Hardy's madding crowd. It traverses Hod Hill Iron Age hill-fort, which contains a smaller Roman fort in one corner and there is an opportunity to take a short detour to visit Hambledon Hill, a Neolithic hill-fort, from Waymark 5. The views from these sections of the walk are outstanding, but the vistas throughout are almost entirely splendid. The route crosses the River Stour twice as it makes its lazy way from Stourhead, in Wiltshire, to the sea at Christchurch. Part of the section between Waymarks 17 and 18 runs along the banks of a crystal-clear chalk-stream that feeds into the Stour. From Waymark 17, it is but a few steps to The White Horse, a combined traditional pub, serving food and village shop.

England - South West England - Dorset - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Restaurant, River, Wildlife
04/08/2012 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Enjoyable walk, fields, old railway line, hill fort, village (I like nosing at the houses! ;-)) A couple of hills to climb, but the views make it worth it

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