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Route: The walk starts from the car park and passes Thomas Hardy's Cottage and goes towards Puddletown before turning south passing by Rainbarrow, through Norris Mill Farm and across the bridge over the River Frome to West Stafford. After lunch we return via Winterbourne Came Max Gate and pass near Stinsford.
Lunch will be taken at the Wise Man Public House in West Stafford. The distance covered will be 9 miles over some moderate hills with great views. It may be muddy in places.
The village with two names – also known as Winterborne St Martin, this superb walk climbs up to the ridge for fantastic views and one of the UK's most interesting Bronze Age cemeteries. The route includes the mediæval church and 19th Century sheep washing pool, Bronkham Hill a well-known early Bronze Age Cemetery with many round barrows – circular mounds, surrounded by a ditch or two and often accompanied by a bank. These were built around 4,000 years ago for burials of cremated remains, there are several types. Shake Holes – a steep-sided hole or funnel-shaped dip in the ground. These are formed when the ground falls into underground holes.
Lunch will be taken at the Brewers Arms in Martinstown (TBC). Today's walk will cover 5½ miles.
The organisers hope to arrange dinners on both evenings – information to follow. In the meanwhile the walks will be near Dorchester so this will probably be the best place for accommodation. A 10% discount will be applied to those staying at the Westwood House hotel in Dorchester. If you're interested in this, use the following booking code: www.booking.com/s/21_8/c9a0e97c
In order to ensure you continue to receive information about this walking weekend, please register your interest with Tony Barber: firstname.lastname@example.org T 0208 300 1830 or M 07575 840658 (daytime only).