Walking in Dorset
Dorset, Hardy's Wessex country, is perhaps the most rural and unspolit county in southern England. As such it offers many delights for the country walker. Our guides point you towards all the best locations and routes to explore. The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is typical of this rural landscape with heaths, chalk downs, pastoral vales and deep country lanes. Winfrith Heath, a bracken wilderness of sombre beauty, home to rare wild flowers and heathland birds, is the location Hardy used for 'Egdon Heath' in his novel The Return of the Native.
The Dorset Heritage Coast include such unmissable delights as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Chesil Beach and the sweeping cliffs of Lyme Bay. The coastal path westwards from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door along the spectacular chalk cliffs is a thrilling and memorable walk. Just inland, at the northern end of Chesil Beach, lies the lovely village of Abbotsbury with its thatched cottages of golden ironstone and remarkable thatched tithe barn which once belonged to the now ruined abbey. Other facinating places to discover on foot are Maiden Castle, an important earthwork fortification from the first century BC, and the famous Cerne Giant near the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas.
Corscombe - Corscombe is a small village folded in a deep cleft in the hills of the West Dorset Downs, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The nearest town is Beaminster, about 4 miles away.
OS Map: Explorer 117
A Walk from Corscombe [ST 526054]
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