This walk explores the Dorset Downs, visiting the Iron Age hillfort at Bulbarrow Hill. The area has an interesting history and offers fine views over the Blackmore Vale.
There's a car park just to the east of the hill where you can pick up the Wessex Ridgeway to take you across the hill to Rawlsbury Camp. The hill is the second highest in Dorset standing at a height of 274-metres (899 feet). The views from the summit stretch into Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.
To extend your walk you could head north east along the Wessex Ridgeway to Ibberton Hill, Okeford Hill and Blandford Forest. Continue south west and you will come to Ball Hill.
Cyclists can reach the hill by following National Cycle Network route 253 from the picture postcard village of Milton Abbas or Okeford Fitzpaine.
PostcodeDT11 0HQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Bulbarrow Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bulbarrow Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bulbarrow Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bulbarrow Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head a little north from the hill and you will come to the pretty little village of Ibberton. Here you'll find the noteworthy Ibberton. 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.
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.
Just to the south you can pick up the circular Milton Abbas Walk which visits the Capability Brown designed village and the historic abbey school.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.