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|Dorchester Riverside and Farm Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 05 Jul 2011||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from Dorchester exploring local farmland and the banks of the River Frome. The River Frome is one of the most important rivers in Britain for water voles and is an excellent habitat for lots of other wildlife. Water voles have suffered from habitat losses due to heavy grazing, housing development and river engineering along with predation from the American mink. Chalk streams such as the River Frome are now carefully managed to encourage growth in water vole numbers as they provide a perfect mix of plants, invertebrae and animals. |
The walk is flat with a number of gates but no stiles and follows a mixture of stone tracks, fields and pavements. Approximately 60 to 90mins.
The nearest car park is the Top of Town pay and display car park which is on the corner of Bridport Road (B3150) and The Grove (B3147) in Dorchester. Approximate post code DT1 1TZ.
|Along to Hangman’s Cottage|
Start point: 50.7151 lat, -2.4418 long
From the Top of Town car park, cross the road over the zebra crossing towards the library and County Hall. Turn left and follow the tree lined pavement along The Grove with the walls to County Hall on your right (sign posted to Roman Town House). At the end turn right with the wall still on your right and still signed to the Town House. Pass the Roman Town House on your right and as the path slopes down, turn left down a few steps, cross the road and head down the small lane which forks left from the main road (signed Riverside and The Walks). You will see Hangman’s Cottage on your left, named after the hangman who lived there during the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.
|Along the River Frome|
Start point: 50.7181 lat, -2.4395 long
Turn left immediately after Hangman’s Cottage over a footbridge across a small section of the River Frome. Continue straight ahead following a small section of river to your left, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Continue ahead at the first junction with the stream still on your left. You will come to Blue Bridge, a stone and steel bridge with blue metalwork first constructed in 1877 and refurbished in 2002. Sometimes shoals of brown trout can be seen treading water here, and it’s also an excellent place for a paddle for both humans and dogs.
|Through Farmland to Grey Bridge|
Start point: 50.7246 lat, -2.4332 long
Opposite a pair of metal farm gates, turn right through a wide gap in the hedge to follow a farm access track straight ahead and then follow it as it bends to the left and narrows. Pass through the gate into a field (take care as sheep will probably be grazing here so ensure dogs are on leads), keep the hedge on your right and exit the field through the gate opposite.
Start point: 50.7163 lat, -2.4262 long
Turn right over Grey Bridge and go straight ahead up the long straight road with the Welcome to Dorchester sign on your left. Opposite the Teracotta Warrior Museum turn right into Frome Terrace, a passage following a small stone banked stretch of the River Frome. The houses are built up to the riverbank here but you’re still likely to see ducks, swans and other wildlife and there are benches on the bank if you wish to spend more time taking in the view.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2011 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
I did this walk on rainy Holliday Monday. It's a lovely introduction to the river area.
|By rees on 31 Aug 2015|
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