This attractive Dorset town is well served by several waymarked footpaths running through the town and into the surrounding West Dorset countryside. It is also very near to several historic manor houses and the highest point in the county.
This circular walk from the town climbs to Beaminster Down before visiting the historic Toller Whelme Manor House, Parnham House and Mapperton House. There's some lovely Dorset countryside with fine views from the hills to the north of the town. For most of the way the route makes use of the waymarked Wessex Ridgeway footpath which runs through the town and surrounding area.
The route starts in the town centre and follows the Wessex Ridgeway north to Meerhay before picking up the Monarch's Way and following it east across Beaminster Down to Beaminster Bottom. You then head south, picking up the Wessex Ridgeway again and following it to Toller Whelme Manor House.
The route continues south west past Dimstone Hill and Coltleigh Hill before arriving at another of the area's highlights at Mapperton House.
After exploring the house you continue west past Coombe Down Hill and the 16th century Parnham House. The final section heads north along the River Brit on the Brit Valley Way, taking you back into Beaminster.
Beaminster Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Beaminster Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Beaminster OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Beaminster Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Ollerod is a fine choice for some post walk refreshment. The food is of a very high quality and there's a lovely terrace and garden to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them at 3 Prout Bridge DT8 3AY.
The Greyhound is another option in the town centre. They serve good quality pub food and provide a decent selection of ales. You can find them on the Square at postcode DT8 3AW.
The country and woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. The Greyhound mentioned above is also very dog friendly. At Mapperton dogs are allowed on leads outside the Coach House but not in the Gardens or the House.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking around the town follow the Wessex Ridgeway west to visit Lewesdon Hill, the highest point in Dorset.
You could also pick up the Brit Valley Way in the town. Follow it south and it will take you along the River Brit to the Jurassic Coast at West Bay.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.