Walking

Walking trail

Walk at Badbury Rings and The Oaks, Kingston Lacy

Walking trail

An opportunity to explore this fascinating area with the Iron Age hill fort, rich in history, flora and fauna. There are some excellent views across the Dorset countryside. There are waymarkers for Walk 1 along the route.

Visitors at the Badbury Rings at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Map

Map route for Kingston Lacy Badbury Rings and Oaks walk

Start:

Heron Drove car park, grid ref: ST966023

1

From the car park proceed along the beech avenue in the Wimborne direction.

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2

Turn left taking the track past the entrance to Lodge Farm and continue straight on the grass track to the squeeze stile. The grassed path follows the hedge line, passing a strip of woodland on the right, and continues as a steady climb in a northerly direction to High Wood.

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3

Take the left turning to skirt the southern edge of High Wood, now going towards the enclosure of the Badbury Rings Iron Age hill fort.

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4

At the track junction with Heron Drove, turn right and drop down towards woodland and King Down Farm. Alternatively for a shorter walk over Badbury Rings go through the metal pedestrian gate into the enclosure. Pick up the remainder of the walk from between waymarks 6 and 7.

5

Upon reaching the intersection of tracks at the woodland edge of The Oaks, turn left at a fingerpost marked Sterley Bushes. Follow the track along the side of The Oaks to the next intersection and turn left back towards Badbury Rings.

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6

At the intersection turn left back towards Badbury Rings. At the edge of the enclosure to the Rings go through the push gate and continue straight on, keeping the fence on your right until you reach the car park enclosure. There is a linear raised section of ground which was once the Dorchester Old Sarum Roman road. Carry on through the car park towards the beech avenue.

7

Turn left out of the car park and return along the line of the beech avenue to the Heron Drove car park.

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End:

Heron Drove car park, grid ref: ST966023

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Walk at Badbury Rings and The Oaks, 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 The Oaks, Kingston Lacy

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Walk at Badbury Rings and The Oaks, Kingston Lacy

How to get here

Address
B3082, near Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4DZ
By road

Fom 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 The Oaks, Kingston Lacy

Facilities and access

  • Free car park
  • Kingston Lacy shop and restaurant 1.5 miles (2.4km) away
  • Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead if animals are grazing and when close to traffic