Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

An opportunity to discover some of the history, flora and fauna of the ancient Iron Age hill fort of Badbury Rings and High Wood. There are waymarks for Walk 2 on the route.

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If you'd like to visit Kingston Lacy during your walk, please be aware that the car park, garden, takeaway café and toilets are open and you need to

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Rose hips along Heron Drove on the Kingston Lacy estate

Map

Badbury and High Wood walk

Start:

Heron Drove car park; grid ref: ST966023

1

From the car park follow the bridleway known as Heron Drove to the north through the vehicle barrier. A gentle climb up this ancient track way, with glimpses of Badbury Rings to the left, takes the walker to High Wood at the top of the rise.

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2

Carry straight on, dropping down towards King Down Farm and The Oaks with the arable field known as Batts Bed on the left.

3

At the junction of the tracks at the bottom, once again carry straight on the bridleway towards Witchampton and continue past King Down Farm. The sign for Sterley Bushes at this point refers to the medieval name for The Oaks.

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4

When the northern edge of the woodland is reached, which is also the Kingston Lacy's estate boundary, follow the bridleway to the left, skirting The Oaks to arrive at a cross-path.

5

At this cross-path choose the bridleway towards the Badbury Rings hill fort and drop down into this enclosure through a gate. Follow the fence line to the public car park. Leave this to return to the Beech Avenue past burial mounds on the left.

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6

Turn left out of the car park and return along the line of the Beech Avenue to the Heron Drove car park. This is the eastern sector of the Beech Avenue which was planted in 1835.

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End:

Heron Drove car park; grid ref: ST966023

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Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

Terrain

Grass, undulating and rough in parts, gravel tracks, easy ascents and descents. Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead if animals are grazing and when close to traffic.

Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

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Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

How to get here

Address
B3082, near Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4DZ
By road
From Blandford: Take the B3082 towards Wimborne. 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. Heron Drove car park is approximately 3.5 miles (5.6km) from Wimborne on your right, opposite the turning for Sturminster Marshall.
Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant are only a mile away