Visit Okeford Beacon in Dorset and enjoy cycling and walking trails with wonderful views. You can park at the Okeford Hill Picnic Site, about a mile to the south of Okeford Fitzpaine. From here you can pick up the Wessex Ridgeway trail to explore the woodland and countryside around Okeford Hill. Many other tracks will take you into Blandford Forest or you can head south west towards Bell Hill and Ibberton Hill.
The area is also home to Okeford Hill Mountain Bike Park. Here you can try a variety of downhill mountain bike trails. See the video below for a sample of what you can expect! There's also bridleways for cyclists at Shillingstone Hill and Blandford Forest.
PostcodeDT11 0EE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Okeford Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Okeford Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Okeford Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Okeford Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head west from the hill and you can visit the pretty village of Ibberton where there are good refreshments options including the noteworthy Ibberton pub. The inn has an interesting history stretching all the way back to the 16th century. It has retained original features such as flagstone floors, beams and inglenook fireplace complete with bread oven. Outside there's two gardens with a trickling stream running through. It's a lovely spot to relax in on a fine summer day. You can find the pub on Church Lane with a postcode of DT11 0EN for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In nearby Ibberton you could visit the interesting St. Eustace Church which dates back to the 14th century. Here you can also pick up the Ibberton Millennium Path which explores the area on a waymarked path.
Head north and you could visit the delightful old town of Sturminster Newton. There's nice riverside trails along the Stour Valley Walk and the historic Sturminster Mill to visit here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.