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|The White Horse|
|Author: blackcoffee, Published: 31 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A delightful circular walk of 4 miles visiting the picturesque village of Sutton Poyntz and the famous Osmington White Horse with King George as its rider. The walk involves one quite steep climb which is rewarded with good views over to the Weymouth coast. There are several stiles and gates and some lower stretches can be muddy in wet weather. There are cows and horses along the route within the low pastures.|
The walk starts in Osmington which is on the A353 east of Weymouth.
|Start to Signpost Sutton Poyntz|
Start point: 50.6467 lat, -2.3906 long
Continue down Church Lane until you reach a signpost on the left marked Sutton Poyntz 1.5 miles. Take this path.
|Signpost Sutton Poyntz to Stile|
Start point: 50.6494 lat, -2.3935 long
The path is well marked with yellow way markers and as the main path swings to the right to some distant buildings, make sure you go straight ahead through the gate and follow the grass track straight on to a stile.
|Stile to Twin gates|
Start point: 50.6508 lat, -2.4058 long
Continue straight across the fields and upon reaching a gate, cross the farm track and go through a second gate following the fence line which is now on your left.
|Twin gates to Pedestrian gate|
Start point: 50.6516 lat, -2.4136 long
The path across the field starts to drop slightly toward the wooded area which can be seen ahead and eventually leads to a pedestrian gate on your left which leads to Sutton Poyntz. The path is marked with a yellow way marker.
|Pedestrian gate to Pumping station|
Start point: 50.6518 lat, -2.4146 long
The footpath goes through a rough grass area to a kissing gate which leads directly to the the roadway in Sutton Poyntz. Turn right up the road passing Mill House on your left and Springhead public house on your right. At the pumping station turn right.
|Pumping station to Hill top|
Start point: 50.654 lat, -2.4166 long
From the pumping station watch out for the Public Footpath sign on your left which is the start of the climb to the top of East Hill. The path leads across a field with a stile. Head diagonally across the next field to join the wide track which you will see in the distance. This track will take you to the top of the hill and the Dorset Ridgeway Path. From the ridge there are excellent views of the coast and Weymouth bay.
|Hill top to White Horse|
Start point: 50.662 lat, -2.4119 long
Turn right along the ridge and at the next gate you can make a short detour to visit the White Horse which is now on the hillside below you.
|White Horse to Finish|
Start point: 50.6583 lat, -2.4047 long
Return to the main path and at the signpost marked Osmington 3/4m turn right down the hillside . This path will take you back to Church Lane and the end of the walk.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author blackcoffee 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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