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|Lawrence of Arabia Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 01 Jul 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This 7.5mile circular historical trail starts at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset and gives walkers the opportunity to visit both the former home and the final resting place of T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. |
Lawrence was born in Wales in 1888. He studied history at Oxford University and then joined the army in 1914, progressing to Colonel by the end of the war. He first came to Bovington in 1923 where he joined the Tank Corps, buying the nearby retreat Clouds Hill in an attempt to escape the public eye. After a spell in the RAF he retired to Clouds Hill in 1935, but sadly only a few months later he was fatally injured in a motorbike accident.
The route mostly follows wide rough stone and earth tracks through forests and plantations with no stiles. The walk is flat for the majority of its length, with just one steady climb to Clouds Hill. The popular walk, known as the Lawrence Trail, is clearly marked with wooden waymarkers. Limited opening times and entrance charges apply to some of the attractions so please check these separately when planning your walk.
Parking is available at the Bovington Tank Museum, accessed via Bovington Lane. Approximate post code BH20 6JG.
|Bovington to the River Frome|
Start point: 50.695 lat, -2.242 long
Parking is available at the Bovington Tank Museum, accessed via Bovington Lane. Walk out of the car park following the vehicle exit signs with the museum on your left. Cross the main road and turn right to follow the pavement for a short distance, before turning left into a narrow wooded track signposted Lawrence Trail and Moreton.
|River Frome to Moreton|
Start point: 50.7051 lat, -2.2764 long
At this point the River Frome runs fast, clear, wide and shallow with a stone bed, and you may see the odd vehicle crossing it as a ford. Popular as a spot with dog walkers, you’re likely to see many dogs wading across the river as their owners take the drier route over the footbridge.
|Moreton to Clouds Hill|
Start point: 50.7031 lat, -2.2769 long
St Nicholas’ Church was built in 1776, but was rebuilt in 1950 following bomb damage in World War Two. The church is normally open to visitors and from inside, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the engraved glass windows. Lawrence’s funeral was well attended by a range of dignitaries (including Winston Churchill) and was widely covered by the press.
Start point: 50.7176 lat, -2.2509 long
Clouds Hill was owned by Lawrence between 1923 and 1935 and is now managed by the National Trust. Of the many places he lived, this is the only one that retains physical evidence of his occupation including decoration and furnishings. Entry fees and limited opening times apply, so please check with the National Trust if you wish to go inside the house.
Start point: 50.7142 lat, -2.2487 long
The memorial stone on your right was donated by the T. E. Lawrence Society and is close to the spot of the motorbike accident in 1935. Returning from the post office in Bovington Camp on his motorbike, Lawrence swerved to avoid cyclists and was thrown from his bike. He sustained serious injury and died at the military hospital without regaining consciousness.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A lovely walk with some interesting features. Don't miss Moreton Walled Gardens and Clouds Hill. But Moreton Tea Rooms doesn't deserve its rating as the Best of the West Tea Rooms (try using Worth Matravers Tea Rooms as a standard). The walk has a a few boggy spots and a gradual incline but otherwise it's flat and easy going in March 2017.
|By Hoppers on 19 Mar 2017|
Good walk, muddy in parts after rain. Cafe in Moreton (in the old School) is excellent. Way marking very clear.
|By molecule on 09 Jun 2017|
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