3-2-1 Routes, Kingston Lacy estate, 1-mile route

Badbury Rings car park, off the B3082

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Atmospheric and enchanting Badbury Rings Iron Age Hillfort Kingston Lacy © Mike Harry

Atmospheric and enchanting Badbury Rings Iron Age Hillfort Kingston Lacy

Badbury Rings and High wood © Mike Harry

Badbury Rings and High wood

Route overview

This is a simple run half a mile along the Beech Avenue out and back.

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

Map for 3-2-1 one mile race routes at Badbury Rings, Kingston Lacy, Dorset
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Beech Avenue; grid ref: ST 95976 03056

  1. At the halfway point a marker is in place – at this point turn about and head back the way you came.

    Show/HideThe Beech Avenue

    This Avenue of trees was planted in 1835 by William John Bankes to commemorate his mother. The Beech Avenue began life in 1835, when 365 and 366 trees were planted either side of the newly built road. It was created as a turnpike, or toll road, to the financial benefit of the land's owner, explorer and Dorset aristocrat William John Bankes. The avenue stretches for two and a half miles.

    Atmospheric and enchanting Badbury Rings Iron Age Hillfort Kingston Lacy © Mike Harry
  2. The mile is complete when you reach the start/finish point.

    Show/HideBadbury Rings Iron Age hill fort

    This is an area of great historical interest with lots of evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman occupation. Badbury Rings is mostly known for the Iron Age hill fort with its three rings. The innermost ring probably dates from 600-500BC and the middle one not much later.

    Badbury Rings and High wood © Mike Harry

End: Beech Avenue; grid ref: ST 95976 03056

  • Trail: Running
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: Approximately 10 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer 118
  • Terrain:

    Grass, unstable and rough in parts, rolling, scenic. Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead when close to traffic.

  • How to get here:

    By car and bike:

    • From Blandford: Take the B3082 towards Wimborne and Heron Drove car park is approximately 5.5 miles (8km) from Blandford on your left, opposite the turning for Sturminster Marshall
    • From Wimborne: Take the B3082 towards Blandford and Heron Drove car park is approximately 3.5 miles (5.6km) from Wimborne on your right, opposite the turning for Sturminster Marshall

  • Facilities:

    None - however Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant are only one mile away.

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