Weatherby Castle

Today was lovely – blue sky and sunshine, just right for a nice long walk. We parked over at our usual spot in Turners Puddle and started off by walking up Kite Hill and then through the woods and down the hill past the ancient monument we found last weekend. The footpath leads down to a track that goes right down to the main road.

The road is just behind the hedge

When we got to the main road we stopped to have a look.. there’s a gate that goes through to a layby with a bus stop and a milestone.

The dual carriageway

It was a very old milestone, you can just make out the word Dorchester but not the distance which is about 11 miles.

Dorchester 11 miles?

Anyway, we went back through the gate and along the lane  and then walked under the dual carriageway! A kind of upside down bridge under the road, mum says its called a tunnel.

Wow this is so exciting!

This little road goes up to Rogershill Farm, past some farm buildings and then along past Weatherby House. We couldn’t see the house from here but got a picture of it on our way back. It was a pretty little lane.

That's Bere Stream running across this field

It ran all the way along to the road from Tolpuddle where we got our first view of Weatherby Castle. It was an Iron Age Hillfort, a medium sized hillfort by Dorset standards, with multiple defences, now a raised earthwork, covering about 17.5 acres. So, not a “castle” really but still pretty impressive. It’s situated just south of Milborne St Andrew whose history dates back to 901, when King Alfred the Great bequeathed it to his son. 

Weatherby Castle

I had to go on my lead while we walked along the road until we got to the stile. When we got there we found a whole bunch of cows all in the field right where we wanted to walk.

We'll leave the cows in peace

So we walked back down the road and climbed over the gate.

Our destination is the top of the hill

When we got to the top of the hill we walked up and around the rings

Up on the rings

It was really pretty but we had to find our way to the middle to see the Obelisk!

We're really high up here!!

We kept on walking, and walking and then.. all of a sudden, there it was!

The Obelisk was built in 1761 by Edmund Morton Pleydell

It’s been there a long time, almost as long as our house has been built. Mr Pleydell was the owner of Milborne House and one of the Mortons, the most important family of the time in Milborne and Bere Regis. The most famous member of his family was Cardinal Morton, Henry the VII’s Chancellor!! Wow, how about that for name dropping! When it was first built he would have been able to see it from his home but the hill is now covered in woodland which completely hides it from view. So not many people know it’s here! It has a copper ball on top, is 60 feet high and 101 metres above sea level. 

Lots of good sniffs around here

Anyway, we weren’t here to look at Obelisks, we were here to find the geocache so off we went. It was a bit of a struggle because the Garmin was having trouble seeing the satellites through all the trees, but with a bit of searching we eventually found the spot and uncovered the cache!

The cache!!

By now it was five o’clock so we had to make our way back home.. but we stopped to admire the views on the way back down the hill.

Wait up dad, I'm coming!

We’d been walking for ages but I still had lots of energy left.

I do wish they’d stick together when they’re walking, it would save me a lot of running back and forth!

Weatherby House

It really was very pretty up here.

Woof.. that's a long drop down there

We followed the footpath round the ridge.

I can see for miles

And then back down to the road – this time we went over the stile because the cows had moved over to the gate.

Goodbye Weatherby Castle

We retraced our steps back along the track and then down to the tunnel under the road.

Back at the tunnel

Just a hop skip and a jump back through the woods and down Kite Hill to Turners Puddle. It had taken us about 2 1/2 hours and we’d walked 6.3 miles.. I reckon I deserved a double helping of tripe for tea tonight!


~ by Teagan on September 24, 2010.

9 Responses to “Weatherby Castle”

  1. Thanks for letting us come along on another walk. The scenery is so pretty where you live. Thanks for always sharing.

  2. Wow! Some of those views are wonderfully breathtaking! I do so enjoy going for a virtual walk with you, Teags!

  3. What a ‘Treasure Hunt and Find’ your walk was this time! Imagine coming across Edmund Morton Playdell’s Obelisk in the middle of all the trees. And it’s been there since 1761. A piece of history hiding! And you found the geocache too! Wow! The views look spectacular. I know Ma and I would have loved that one although after 6.3 miles I think I may have had to be carried! BOL! Thank you for sharing you walk with us! Love your furiend, AnnieB X

  4. Teagan:

    Did you get your double helpings of tripe for tea?

    From Sammy

  5. Hello – I have just found your website as I was looking for some photos of Weatherby Castle for a piece I have written about it. I hope you don’t mind me using a couple of your photos on my blog.

    Many thanks


    • No I don’t mind but I hope you’re going to walk up to see for yourself. It really does just appear out of nowhere even though it’s quite big! I’ll check out your blog and look forward to reading your post about it.

  6. thanks very much – that’s great. How should I acknowledge use and do you want me to put a copyright on them?

  7. Reblogged this on Teagan Times Too and commented:

    Woof! I’d forgotten all about this fab walk until someone reminded us about Weatherby Castle!

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