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1 Piddletrenthide and Well Bottom Down Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Piddletrenthide and Well Bottom Down

Edward Griffiths enjoys chalk downs, rolling fields, ancient woods and superb views as he explores the Piddle Valley

Start: The Piddle Inn, Piddletrenthide (grid ref SY707998). Park in Wightman’s Orchard or on B3143 Finish: The Piddle Inn

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2 Chetterwood and Manswood: Dorset walks Distance: 5 - 10 miles

Chetterwood and Manswood: Dorset walks

Edward Griffiths enjoys a fragrant walk in the bluebell woods of Cranborne Chase

Start: St Mary, St Cuthburga and All Saints’ Church, Witchampton Finish: St Mary, St Cuthburga and All Saints’ Church, Witchampton

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3 A new year's walk between Portesham and Hampton Stone Circle Distance: 2 - 5 miles

A new year's walk between Portesham and Hampton Stone Circle

Edward Griffiths' hilly walk rewards you with superb views over Chesil Beach and a visit to Hardy's monument and Hellstone long barrow

Start: St Peter‘s Church, Portesham (Grid Ref: SY603858) Finish: St Peter‘s Church, Portesham (Grid Ref: SY603858)

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4 A new year's walk between Halstock and Melbury Osmond Distance: 5 - 10 miles

A new year's walk between Halstock and Melbury Osmond

Edward Griffiths enjoys a walk which features a chapel dedicated to a headless saint and the church where Thomas Hardy's parents were married

Start: Lay-by in Yeovil Road, Halstock Finish: Lay-by in Yeovil Road, Halstock

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5 Another Christmas holiday walk in Dorset - Nether Compton and Trent Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Another Christmas holiday walk in Dorset - Nether Compton  and Trent

Edward Griffiths explores the valley fields, ancient woods and pretty villages of this picturesque corner of north-west Dorset

Start: Nether Compton Finish: Nether Compton

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6 A Christmas holiday walk in Dorset - Hinton St Mary and Cutt Mill Distance: 2 - 5 miles

A Christmas holiday walk in Dorset - Hinton St Mary and Cutt Mill

Hinton St Mary and Cutt Mill
Edward Griffiths enjoys a walk through history around Sturminster Newton and the Stour valley

Start: Hinton St Mary Finish: Hinton St Mary

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7 Dorset walk for November - Charlton Marshall and West End Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Dorset walk for November - Charlton Marshall  and West End

Edward Griffiths explores the western side of the Stour Valley on this walk which takes in the Iron Age hill-fort of Spetisbury Rings and the Trailway

Start: Charlton Marshall Finish: Charlton Marshall

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8 Dorset Walk for August, number 1 - Corscombe and West Chelborough Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Dorset Walk for August, number 1 - Corscombe and West Chelborough

Edward Griffiths enjoys a walk that features two lovely churches, ancient woodland and lush meadows in this historic corner of north-west Dorset

Start: St Mary’s, Corscombe car park, by kind permission of Rev. David Harknett. An envelope donation into the Vicarage porch would be much appreciated Finish: St Mary’s, Corscombe car park

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9 Dorset Walk for August, number 2 - Okeford Fitzpaine and Fiddleford Distance: 5 - 10 miles

Dorset Walk for August, number 2 - Okeford Fitzpaine and Fiddleford

Edward Griffiths' Blackmore Vale walk takes in a community orchard, a long forgotten Iron Age hill-fort and a magnificent 14th-century manor house

Start: St Andrew‘s Church, Okeford Fitzpaine (Grid Ref: ST807108) Finish: St Andrew‘s Church, Okeford Fitzpaine (Grid Ref: ST807108)

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10 Poole Old Town: latest walk from Dorset Magazine Distance: 0 - 2 miles

Poole Old Town: latest walk from Dorset Magazine

Edward Griffiths explores the fascinating alleyways of this historic seaside town...

Start: A350 Poole Lifting Bridge between Poole Quay and Hamworthy (grid ref SZ005903) Finish: A350 Poole Lifting Bridge between Poole Quay and Hamworthy (grid ref SZ005903)

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11 Osmington Mills and Sutton Poyntz Distance: 5 - 10 miles

Osmington Mills and Sutton Poyntz

Edward Griffiths explores an old smuggling haunt on the South West Coast Path and follows the River Jordan

Start: Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth (grid ref SY702820) Finish: Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth (grid ref SY702820)

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12 Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Okeford Fitzpaine and Belchalwell

Edward Griffiths walks along ancient trackways to discover the real Blackmore Vale

Start: St Andrew’s Church, Okeford Fitzpaine (grid ref ST807108) Finish: St Andrew’s Church, Okeford Fitzpaine (grid ref ST807108)

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13 Walk 2 June 11 Compton Abbas and Melbury Beacon Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Walk 2 June 11 Compton Abbas and Melbury Beacon

Join Edward Griffiths on a stroll through Dorset's downland and make a detour to an Armada beacon

Start: Spreadeagle Hill parking area on higher Shaftesbury to Blandford road (grid ref ST886187) Finish: Spreadeagle Hill parking area on higher Shaftesbury to Blandford road (grid ref ST886187)

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14 Walk 1 June 11 Burstock and Childhay Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Walk 1 June 11 Burstock and Childhay

Edward Griffiths enjoys a hilly walk with commanding views and a plethora of beautiful wildflowers

Start: Pilsdon Pen lay-by (grid ref SY414009) Finish: Pilsdon Pen lay-by (grid ref SY414009)

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15 Winspit and Renscombe Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Winspit and Renscombe

Edward Griffiths enjoys a coastal walk with ancient tracks, intriguing quarry workings and fabulous vistas

Start: Renscombe car park (grid ref SY964774). From Worth Matravers duck-pond, drive straight through for ¾ mile, passing Weston Farm. Car park is 100 yards after the tarmac road ends. Contribution box for Purbeck Heritage Finish: Renscombe car park

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16 Ringstead Hill and Poxwell Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Ringstead Hill and Poxwell

Edward Griffiths explores the Poxwell Pericline and enjoys some magnificent views over Weymouth Bay

Start: National Trust South Down car park off the Ringstead Bay road (grid ref SY758824) Finish: National Trust South Down car park off the Ringstead Bay road (grid ref SY758824)

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17 Sydling St Nicholas and Combe Hill Walk in Dorset Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Sydling St Nicholas and Combe Hill Walk in Dorset

Edward Griffiths follows the ancient tracks that criss-cross Sydling Valley's glorious chalk downland

Start: Sydling’s village centre chestnut tree (grid ref SY632994) Finish: Sydling’s village centre chestnut tree (grid ref SY632994)

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18 Two Winterbornes and Charity Wood Distance: 5 - 10 miles

Two Winterbornes and Charity Wood

Edward Griffiths explores the Winterborne valleys and three of its villages

Start: Winterborne Stickland Post Office Finish: Winterborne Stickland Post Office

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19 Badbury Rings and Sheepbriar Drove Walk 2 Dor Dec 10 Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Badbury Rings and Sheepbriar Drove Walk 2 Dor Dec 10

Edward Griffiths discovers an Iron Age hill-fort, ancient tracks and drove roads

Start: Badbury Rings car park off B3082 Wimborne-Blandford road (grid ref ST962032), Alternative start for dog-walkers, B3082 car park opposite ‘Sturminster Marshall’ turning (grid ref ST966023) and taking bridleway-track north Finish: Badbury Rings car park

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20 Dorset Dec 10 Walk 1 Rodwell Trail Distance: 2 - 5 miles

Dorset Dec 10  Walk 1 Rodwell Trail

Edward Griffiths enjoys a brisk winter walk that takes in the old Portland to Weymouth railway route

Start: Redcliff View at the end of Bincleaves Road, Rodwell, Weymouth (grid ref SY680781) Finish: Redcliff View at the end of Bincleaves Road, Rodwell, Weymouth (grid ref SY680781)

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