GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Milton Abbas

6 miles (9 km)

This delightful picture postcard village is located in the Dorset AONB. The village was designed by the famous Capability Brown and includes several photogenic thatched cottages and an historic abbey school.
This circular walk from the village visits Milton Abbey School, the remains of Milton Abbey, Hilton and Bingham's Melcombe.
The walk starts in the village and follows a footpath north west along Milton Lake to the school. The site includes a 15th-century dining hall, an Abbey chapel that can be traced back to the 10th century and grounds designed byLancelot "Capability" Brown.
You then continue north east along a country lane to the village of Hilton where there's more thatched properties to see.
The route then heads south west to visit Bingham's Melcombe, passing through pockets of woodland as you go. There's a fine 14th century church and nice trails along the Devil's Brook where there's a series of waterfalls.
The route then heads east, passing Combe Hill and Melmoth's Hill forestry area before returning to Milton Lake at Luscombe Down.

Milton Abbas OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Milton Abbas Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Hambro Arms for some post walk refreshment. The inn is located in a fine thatched building and serves high quality food. There's also a nice outdoor area to relax in on sunny days. You can find them at postcode DT11 0BP for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk and the Hambro Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Jubilee Trail passes through the area. You could pick up this waymarked footpath and follow it east visit Blandford Forest and Blandford Forum. Near here you can also enjoy a climb to the Roman Fort on Hod Hill and enjoy fine views over the surrounding countryside.
A few miles to the north west there's the climb to Bulbarrow Hill to try. There's an Iron Age Hillfort here with views over Somerset,WiltshireandDevon.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Milton Abbas, the abbey and school - geograph.org.uk - 1878210

Milton Abbas, the abbey and school

A sunny afternoon in May at Milton Abbas - geograph.org.uk - 1887899

A sunny afternoon in May at Milton Abbas. Thatched cottages in the village.

Milton Abbas, cricket at Milton Abbey School - geograph.org.uk - 1878217

A glorious summer scene - cricket at Milton Abbey School

Milton Abbas, the Hambro Arms - geograph.org.uk - 1374620

The Hambro Arms. A fine thatched pub at the top end of the village.

Milton Abbey School - geograph.org.uk - 1937591

Milton Abbey School

Thatched cottages, Hilton - geograph.org.uk - 985837

Thatched cottages, Hilton. Old Post Office Cottage and Honeysuckle Cottage.

Approach to St Andrew's Church Melcombe Horsey - geograph.org.uk - 365991

Approach to St Andrew's Church Melcombe Horsey. Dating from the 14th century, the church is situated in the grounds of Bingham's Melcombe, the ancestral home of the Bingham family. Access from the main entrance is via a gravelled public footpath.

Monmouth Hill or Melmoth's Hill - geograph.org.uk - 549934

Monmouth Hill or Melmoth's Hill. Entrance to Forestry Commission woodland to the west of the village, which the Forestry Commission name as Monmouth Hill, and the Ordnance Survey Melmoth's Hill.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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