3-2-1 Routes, Kingston Lacy estate, 2-mile route
Heron Drove car park, off the B3082Route details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
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.
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Start: Heron Drove car park off B3082; grid ref: ST966023
At the gate take the track heading off towards the left passing Lodge Farm on your left.
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.
Go through the gate/over the style and straight on along the grass path heading north-east.
The track bends to your left, following the hedgerow. Continue to gradually ascend in a north-westerly direction. Go past the half-way hedgerow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow Heron Drove all the way down to the car park where the route is complete.
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
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
Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant (with toilets) are 1 mile (1.6km) away
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