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

Heron Drove car park, off the B3082

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High Wood Kingston Lacy Estate © Mike Harry

High Wood Kingston Lacy Estate

Badbruy Rings and High wood © Mike Harry

Badbruy Rings and High wood

Heron Drove Kingston Lacy Estate © KL/TH

Heron Drove Kingston Lacy Estate

Route overview

The run goes along the famous Beech Avenue, past the medieval Lodge Farm and climbs up to High Wood where there is a good view across to Kingston Lacy. Then past the ancient Iron Age hill fort and back down Heron Drove to the car park.

Route details

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

Start: Heron Drove car park off B3082; grid ref: ST966023

  1. At the gate take the track heading off towards the left passing Lodge Farm on your left.

    Show/HideLodge Farm

    Lodge Farm, now a private residence, is the only medieval building that remains on the estate. The earliest parts of this former hunting lodge date from the late 14th century. The grassed path to High Wood follows the hedge-line, parallel to the Roman road from Hamworthy.

  2. Go through the gate/over the style and straight on along the grass path heading north-east.

  3. The track bends to your left, following the hedgerow. Continue to gradually ascend in a north-westerly direction. Go past the half-way hedgerow.

  4. Bear left when you reach High Wood and skirt along the outskirts of the woodland heading in a westerly direction with great views of Badbury Rings.

    Show/HideHigh Wood

    In 1987, a tree was blown over in High Wood. Entangled in the roots was the burial place of a Bronze Age woman in the typical crouched position along with ceramic jars and pots. Further investigation revealed a previously unknown series of banks and ditches within the wood, which are of same period as the Rings but on a much smaller scale and their purpose is unknown. At the corner of High Wood is the Roman road from Hamworthy.

    High Wood Kingston Lacy Estate © Mike Harry
  5. At the track junction with Heron Drove and High Wood turn left descending in a southerly direction with Badbury Rings Iron Age hill fort on your right.

    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.

    Badbruy Rings and High wood © Mike Harry
  6. Follow Heron Drove all the way down to the car park where the route is complete.

    Heron Drove Kingston Lacy Estate © KL/TH

End: Heron Drove car park off B3082; grid ref: ST966023

  • Trail: Running
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 2 miles (3.5km)
  • Time: Approximately 20-30 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer 118
  • Terrain:

    Grass, rolling, climb, rough in parts, undulating, gravel, track, low traffic, non-residential, scenic. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead if animals are grazing and 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:

    Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant (with toilets) are 1 mile (1.6km) away

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