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|The Black Bear and Wool|
|Author: HallandWoodhouse, Published: 10 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Black Bear to Field Path|
Start point: 50.6802 lat, -2.2186 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|
Start point: 50.6766 lat, -2.1984 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.
|Lane to Sign to Church|
Start point: 50.6795 lat, -2.1829 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.
|Sign to Church to Church Lane|
Start point: 50.6714 lat, -2.2079 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|
Start point: 50.6771 lat, -2.2161 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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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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