Weekend in Dorset (2)

This post is devoted entirely to the extremely scenic walk from Cerne Abbas (of chalk giant fame) back to the house in which we were staying. The viewing point for the giant is about 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village and is beautifully sited. From the viewing point I walked up to the tiny village of Minterne Parva before following a very overgrown footpath to Buckland Newton. 

Buckland Newton is a pretty village though it is a sign of the times that the Gaggle of Geese pub has closed down. I left Buckland Newton on the road towards Alton Pancras, from whence a path led practically to where we were staying. However, I got too ambitious, and tried to save a bit on the route by taking another likely looking path before reaching Alton Pancras. 

This led to a nerve jangling encounter with some bullocks and then a scramble down to the only visible road from the other side of the field when in spite of signs indicating its presence there was no evidence of the Wessex Ridgeway Path. I was badly off track, near the village of Brockhampton, 4 miles from Mappowder, which in turn was a good couple of miles from where I was aiming, but I no longer dared do other than follow the road.

Although the walk ended up being longer than I had intended it was mainly very enjoyable, and provided a vast haul of quality photos…

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The famous giant in all its glory.
The famous giant in all its glory.

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This house is visible from the heights between Minterne Parva and Buckland Newton
This house is visible from the heights between Minterne Parva and Buckland Newton

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One of the gateposts of what used to be the Gaggle of Geese
One of the gateposts of what used to be the Gaggle of Geese

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Unlike Buckland Newton's   much plainer affair, Mappowder Church is genuine quite impressive.
Unlike Buckland Newton’s much plainer affair, Mappowder Church is genuine quite impressive.

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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