CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today CLICK HERE

Dorset walk around Margaret Marsh and Todber

PUBLISHED: 16:35 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:35 24 September 2015

Duncliffe Hill

Duncliffe Hill

Archant

Seeking a long summer stroll without too many hills? Edward Griffiths meanders through the flatter parts of the beautiful Blackmore Vale

Lymburgh's FarmLymburgh's Farm

At least half of this slightly longer than usual walk is over ‘Norfolk-flat’ country with huge skies. From remote Margaret Marsh, we meander over flat fields and around a private nature reserve on the way to ‘ancient and modern’ Stour Row where we brush against the lower slopes of Duncliffe Hill. Then, we pass more farms before reaching Todber with its delightful little church of St Andrew’s. A church has stood here since late Saxon times but most of what you see today was rebuilt in the late 1870s, only the original tower remains. Then, after private fishing lakes, there’s a final level walk through fields and farms to Margaret Marsh.

.

Information

• Distance: 7¾ miles (12.5km)

• Time: 5 hours

• Exertion: Fairly easy and flat. Several stiles. Some mud after rain. Some stiles maybe a little overgrown in summer

• Start: St Margaret’s Church, Margaret Marsh (Grid Reference: ST824186)

• Map: OS Landranger Sheet 183

• Public Transport: None

• Dogs: On leads in fields with livestock and on roads

• Refreshments: Plough Inn, Manston. Serving food 9am - 9pm and 12 noon - 3pm Sundays

.

The walk

1 From St Margaret’s, walk back along the lane to the T-junction facing Lower Farm. Turn right. At Newhouse Farm, take the left footpath-signed stile into a field. Follow the left hedge to another footpath stile. Over, cross the large field, crossing a track at a cattle-trough before veering half right to the gate by another trough against the right hedge. Through, go instantly left over the field to the hedge’s footpath gate. Through, over the concrete bridge, follow the left hedge to the footpath stile. Over, cross to the right corner footpath half gate facing Duncliffe Hill. Through, follow the right hedge’s manicured ‘Public Footpath’ with ‘Private’ ponds and woods left.

2 Continue around a left corner, still ‘Public Footpath’. At the next left corner, go through the hedge gap, over the lawn, onto the drive. Keep straight on. At a T-junction, cross left to the unsigned half gate by the security box. Cross the field to the hedge’s footpath stile. Over, turn right along the track. Through end footpath-gates, take the right gate onto the lane. Turn left. Fine views with Melbury Beacon left and Duncliffe Hill right. At the T-junction, turn left for an easy stroll to Stour Row. At the T-junction by All Saints’ Church, turn left for ‘East Stour’. In 100 yards, at telephone box, take the right ‘Duncliffe Wood’ hedged path.

3 Over the end footpath stile, cross two paddocks to a crossing track. Over, cross three paddocks to the corner footpath stiled sleeper bridge. Over, cross the rising field diagonally right into the corner under an ash tree. Through the gate, with two footpaths and a gate right, follow the LEFT hedge down to the ‘Hardy Way’ gate into a hedged path descending to cottages’ drive and the road with backward footpath sign. Continue to the T-junction, then into ‘Woodville’ road. Continue for over half mile, ignoring all side footpaths. After a right turning and ‘School’ sign, take the left footpath signed gate/stile before the playground.

4 Past a second stile/gate, follow the field’s right hedge down, with wide open views. Reaching a right gate, veer left aiming for the hedge’s gateway with Bulbarrow masts above it. This line takes you into the valley, with Shadehouse Farm right, and through a fence gate before ascending to that hedge gate. Through, turn right along the meandering right hedged track to and through the right footpath gate. Follow the fenced track across the field to the gate. Through, go over the facing hedge’s footpath-stile. If still overgrown, turn down to the gate, before Pigeon House Farm, into the same field. Either way, walk past the garden hedge corner to the lower hedge’s footpath arrowed stile/sleeper/stile. Over, turn left, aiming up the long field (round the right edge of planted) to the facing hedge’s four-way footpath-gateway.

5 Through, turn left along the left hedge meandering around bends down to ‘Bushey’ cottage and the lane gateway with a backward footpath-sign. Turn left then right for ‘Marnhull’. Past Todber’s St Andrew’s Church and Church Close, take the ‘Millennium Green’ footpath. Follow the drive past units and cottages into the shady footpath signed path. In ¼ mile, emerge onto Todber Manor’s fishing grounds’ tracks. Turn right onto the ‘Hayes’ footpath track. Reaching the security gates, follow the footpath arrowed path outside the fence. At next footpath arrows veer right again to find the ‘in-hedge’ footpath/footbridge by a right oak. Over, bear ¼ left across the level field, well left of Hayes Farm, to the hedge gap with footpath arrow on the oak.

6 Through, turn left along the concrete track. Through the end gate, bear slightly right across the field, towards visible Lymburgh’s Farm, to find another ‘in-hedge’ footpath stile. Over, follow the right hedge/fence and pass the right corrugated iron barn. With no arrows anywhere, go through the right gate into a yard. Continue through the end gate, past the right house and along the track to the gate onto the road with a backward footpath sign. Turn left for a final one mile easy stroll, ignoring all footpaths off. Bend right at Jolliffe’s Farm and pass stone thatched Marsh Farm House. After the last left bend, turn right onto the lane to St Margaret’s where you started.

***

READ ON

4 great Dorset rivers - wildlife and walks - Sally Welbourn of Dorset Wildlife Trust takes us on a tour of her four favourite local rivers

Dorset walk around Poole Park and Baiter - Edward Griffiths enjoys an easy summer stroll around a picturesque ‘people’s park’ before exploring Poole’s bustling quayside and one of the town’s oldest streets

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dorset visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dorset staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dorset account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The guide to Dorset’s best firework displays and bonfire events happening in 2018

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to German Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Dorset this season

Read more
Monday, October 15, 2018

Dorset villages are some of the most beautiful in England – think winding lanes, thatched cottages and a cosy pub or welcoming tea room. We suggest ten of the prettiest villages to visit in the county

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

Autumn is a great time to brush up on your gardening knowledge with the help of some experts, as well as see some well known gardens in a different light

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans on this lovely walk that takes in rare habitat, ancient woodland and glorious views

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This challenging coastal walk rewards your efforts with spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Marine photographer Steve Belasco shares some very special wildlife moments

Read more
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TravelSupermarket has uncovered the top 25 most popular UK beaches on Instagram after analysing hashtags used for over 1,100 beaches and Bournemouth comes out on top

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ride + Stride, Dorset Historic Churches Trust’s annual fundraising event, is a great way to explore and support some of the county’s more unusual places of worship

Read more
Monday, August 6, 2018

This easy level walks takes in an ancient village described as The Mother of Bournemouth and Throop Mill of the River Stour

Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018

Martin Clunes and his family have called West Dorset home for over two decades. Here he shares some of their favourite local places

Read more

From paddling on the Frome to admiring one of the best vistas in Dorset, Adam Lee-Potter’s beloved home town just keeps getting better and better

Read more
Monday, July 16, 2018

Butterflies, buzzards and beautiful views sum up this lovely summer walk around Piddletrenthide and Plush Hill

Read more
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Visit Dorset reveal their favourite lesser-known local beaches to explore if you want to get off the beaten track this summer

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search