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The Black Bear and Wool

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The Black Bear and Wool
Author: hallandwoodhouse, Published: 10 Oct 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walkstar1 The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walkstar1 The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walkstar1 The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walkstar1 The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walk
Dorset, Wool
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Black Bear and Wool
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walk boot The Black Bear and Wool Pub Walk
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A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Black Bear in Wool. A satisfying mid Dorset walk with a bit of everything. Lanes, fields, streams, meadows, woods, views and wildlife, ending with an amble past charming cottages of old Wool.

The walk follows a mixture of lanes/roads and paths across farmland. There are several gates on route plus six stiles. Approximate time 80 to 100 minutes.

The walk starts from the Black Bear pub on the High Street in Wool village. The village is accessed from the A352 between Dorchester and Wareham. Approximate post code BH20 6BP.

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Walk Sections

Black Bear to Field Path
Black Bear to Field Path

Start point: 50.6802 lat, -2.2186 long
End point: 50.6766 lat, -2.1984 long

From the pub, turn right along road for 100 yards and turn right into Bindon Lane. Follow lane, passing stream and marsh meadows to the right. After 600 yards, lane bends to right past Bindon Mill to left. Continue for 600 yards and turn left into field at footpath sign.

Field Path to Lane
Field Path to Lane

Start point: 50.6766 lat, -2.1984 long
End point: 50.6795 lat, -2.1829 long

Head diagonally across field for 300 yards aiming for opposite corner (roughly in line with the sign). Cross wood bridge and continue ahead with field to right. Follow round to left and walk into next field. Keep to left edge with East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve to the left. 200 yards on, bear left past marker over wood bridge and stile.

Head across field (see photo) keeping trees to the left. Continue straight past pair of oak trees and 100 yards on to stile. Cross, then a second and turn left. Walk for 200 yards keeping hedge to the left. Cross stile, wood bridge and another stile.

Continue ahead through paddock for 80 yards and over stile on to narrow path. 60 yards on, pass through kissing gate and turn right in to lane.

Lane to Sign to Church
Lane to Sign to Church

Start point: 50.6795 lat, -2.1829 long
End point: 50.6714 lat, -2.2079 long

Follow for 300 yards passing caravan park to right. At junction, turn right (signposted to Wool) and continue along lane for 600 yards passing Woodlands Lodge to left. After 300 yards, pass Hazel Lodge to the left and turn left at the junction 50 yards ahead.

Follow lane for 800 yards and it starts to head uphill. Pass footpath sign to right and bridleway sign to left. After 250 yards, turn right at footpath sign to Wool Church.

Sign to Church to Church Lane
Sign to Church to Church Lane

Start point: 50.6714 lat, -2.2079 long
End point: 50.6771 lat, -2.2161 long

Follow track across field for 400 yards. Pass through gap in hedge and turn right. Follow right field edge for 100 yards and continue ahead into next field. Bear left and follow path for 100 yards to hedge. Pass through gate, bear right and walk across field aiming to right of church tower (300 yards ahead). Pass through wood gate and bear left on to lane.

Church Lane to Black Bear
Church Lane to Black Bear

Start point: 50.6771 lat, -2.2161 long
End point: 50.6791 lat, -2.218 long

Pass church on the left and follow lane gently downhill. Lane bends to left then right past thatched cottages. 50 yards on, cross over stream and turn right at junction. Continue on lane past cottages and stream for 150 yards and back to the pub for some well deserved hospitality.

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Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author hallandwoodhouse and may not be reproduced without permission.


The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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