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” We like being immersed in nature and local culture. This trip did all that for us. ”
Shirley and Gary, USA
We loved creating this trail for you because the beauty of north Dorset’s landscape is timeless. We’ve walked this area for 25 years and we’ve picked local paths that will enable you to get off the beaten track and into the heart of rural Dorset.
Our idea was simple. To help you explore places made famous by author Thomas Hardy’s novels. But you don’t have to love his books to appreciate Dorset’s beauty on our trails. Here it feels as if it has stood still. Experience a rare peace and beauty, in a landscape that is little known and rarely walked.
On route discover numerous unspoilt villages and stories from times that span centuries of history. They inclue the Saxon hill top town of Shaftesbury (which Hardy called Shaston in his novels) and the village of Marnhull (Marlott).
Along the River Stour fast flashes of the vibrant blue feathers of a kingfisher can be spotted as can herons and if you are really lucky you may see an otter.
On a Foot Trail you will stay in a hand-picked country inn or country pub. Here you can relax after your walks and enjoy an English village atmosphere, excellent food and comfortable bedrooms.
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