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.
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.
It was a very old milestone, you can just make out the word Dorchester but not the distance which is about 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.
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.
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.
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.
So we walked back down the road and climbed over the gate.
When we got to the top of the hill we walked up and around the rings
It was really pretty but we had to find our way to the middle to see the Obelisk!
We kept on walking, and walking and then.. all of a sudden, there it was!
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.
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!
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.
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!
It really was very pretty up here.
We followed the footpath round the ridge.
And then back down to the road – this time we went over the stile because the cows had moved over to the gate.
We retraced our steps back along the track and then down to the tunnel under the road.
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!