Bulbarrow Hill - Milton Abbas - Bulbarrow Hill

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The walk starts and ends at Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, which commands spectacular views over the patchwork of fields that is the Blackmore Vale – Thomas Hardy's 'Vale of the Little Dairies' – and little-changed since Hardy's time. A gentle descent through woodland leads to a path along the bottom of a lovely hidden valley, before the route ascends again to reveal more distant views. The pretty thatched village of Milton Abbas, with The Hambro Arms pub, is about two-thirds of the way around the walk. Milton Abbas was moved by the local landowner in the late 18th Century, as the original settlement offended his view. Although the cottages he built appear quite substantial, in fact each was intended for two families. From the village, the walk passes Milton Abbey, now a public school and the Abbey Church, in a glorious setting, then ascends to pass through Greenhill Down Nature Reserve. This is a very quiet and peaceful corner of Dorset and the countryside is truly beautiful.

England - South West England - Dorset - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
9/13/2015 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Excellent walk with stunning views and 'step back in time' Milton Abbas. Plenty of photo opportunities! Two fairly long climbs, but not too bad. Clear walking guide details.

9/8/2014 - Ben Turner

A really splendid walk and easy to follow. The climb back is not too arduous; but one could start at the pub, and spend the beautiful return through the valley thinking about treats in store. Thanks

5/16/2012 - Jill Larby

13/5/12 Thank you, Ryder, for posting this fabulous walk. On a bright, early Sunday morning in May it was a delight with lots of 'Wow' moments to keep the interest going throughout the 9 miles of quite hilly terrain. The village of Milton Abbas is a real 'Chocolate-box' image, seemingly suspended in time, definitely an excellent photo opportunity. Further on, Milton Abbey unexpectedly comes into view, with its perfectly manicured golf course and grounds. Towards the end of the walk between way-markers 23 & 24 we came across a shelter at the side of the track which is in remembrance of a local lad, Wiz, who had died a few years ago. It's worth taking the time to appreciate the thought that has gone into this place & read some of the kind words and fond memories left in the remembrance book. The views from the start/finish of this walk are stunning, it feels like the top of the world, more photo opportunities.

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